BONE CARVING A SKILLBASE OF TECHNIQUES AND CONCEPTS PDF

Stephen Myhre. Bone carving is as old as civilisation itself. Even some of the oldest bone artifacts have decorative features that are clearly not necessary for their functional nature, showing that there have been complex cultural aspects to the carving of bone since earliest times. The first settlers of Aotearoa brought with them the skills of bone carving, both for items of personal adornment and for the manufacture of tools such as fish-hooks. These skills have been passed on, incorporating various cultural adaptations, to the present day. In Bone Carving, Stephen Myhre has drawn with great sensitivity on techniques and styles of carving from a wide range of Pacific cultures, but particularly Maori.

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Stephen Myhre. Bone carving is as old as civilisation itself. Even some of the oldest bone artifacts have decorative features that are clearly not necessary for their functional nature, showing that there have been complex cultural aspects to the carving of bone since earliest times. The first settlers of Aotearoa brought with them the skills of bone carving, both for items of personal adornment and for the manufacture of tools such as fish-hooks.

These skills have been passed on, incorporating various cultural adaptations, to the present day. In Bone Carving, Stephen Myhre has drawn with great sensitivity on techniques and styles of carving from a wide range of Pacific cultures, but particularly Maori. The result is a superb practical handbook for anyone embarking upon this rapidly growing craft.

The book provides what the author calls a 'skillbase' - a reliable set of practices and attitudes that can successfully produce bone carvings of great functional and aesthetic beauty. Bone Carving describes and illustrates the materials, tools and techniques, explaining every stage from roughing out to final polishing and mounting, in a clear, strongly personalised style. The author stresses throughout the importance of good design and the development of patience as parts of the skillbase - and the need for integrity.

The carver, he says, should respect the old traditions and be sensitive to the cultural significance of the forms being used. Bone Carving is thus both a practical and a spiritual guide.

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Bone Carving: A Skillbase of Techniques and Concepts

ISBN S! Some have helped in the most oblique of ways by making small things possible for me; they are too many t name, so all I can say is a coll ective thank you to them all Those who have been most directly helpful are: Guy Ngan, for planting the idea in my head; Betty McFadgen of the National Museum, Wellington, for giving me access to the fish-hook collection; and Mark Strange for helping me with the superb photos of the old Taonga and criticising my own shots. Kia Ora Syd. I firml y believe that the future of carving will be best served by having standards that are set at a high level. ThE' book is not designed to be a standaru, but I hope that it stimulates all who are involved in carving to direct their energies to achi eve the highest possible standards in their work, thus ' nsuring that carving remains a dynamic, open-ended skill that can achieve its full potential. There are many people in New Zeal and interested in doing carving but not enough expert teachers to satisfy the demand for informati on. I think that the more people there are who carve, the more meditative, thinking people there will be and this is reall y needed in a tim ' when our lifes tyle is so fast and temporary Learning from a bouk isn't necessaril y the right way to learn.

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Bone Carving Skillbase Techniques Concepts by Myhre Stephen

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Bone Carving - A Skillbase of Techniques and Concepts

Estimated delivery business days. Format Paperback. Condition Brand New. Description The book provides what the author calls a 'skillbase' - a reliable set of practices and attitudes that can successfully produce bone carvings of great functional and aesthetic beauty. Bone carving is as old as civilisation itself. Even some of the oldest bone artifacts have decorative features that are clearly not necessary for their functional nature, showing that there have been complex cultural aspects to the carving of bone since earliest times. The first settlers of Aotearoa brought with them the skills of bone carving, both for items of personal adornment and for the manufacture of tools such as fish-hooks.

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