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Bone Carving (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

By Myhre, Stephen

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Re-issue under original ISBN - August 2019.. - 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.

ISBN 9780143009979
Barcode 9780143009979
Published 27 May 2008 by Penguin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
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ISBN-13 9780143009979
ISBN-10 0143009974
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Penguin Group (NZ)
Publication Date 27 May 2008
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, 2nd edition
Edition 2nd edition
Author(s) By Myhre, Stephen
Category Art Of Indigenous Peoples
Modelling (In Clay, Wax & Other Plastic Materials)
Handicrafts
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 120
Dimensions Width: 185mm
Height: 243mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 337g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
NBS Text Handicrafts, Arts & Crafts
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 736.60993
Catalogue Code 63083

Description of this Book

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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