Iain Whittington, a woodworker and retired army engineer, along with his wife, Evaline, a professional retired translator, have published a new book, “WoodCarving: A Norwegian Textbook.” This book is a translation of Odd Fauske’s “Lærebok i treskjæring,” a compendium of project plans for woodcarving and folk art first published in the 1970s.
The book includes full-size carving patterns for furniture, fittings, architectural components, 14 different spoons, eight mangle boards, and traditional Norwegian household items. Originally a monochrome text used as a guide for teaching woodcarving in Norway, the book provides instruction for both the beginner and advanced carver. This edition, which presents the translated English text alongside the original Norwegian text, also adds a new introduction, index and bibliography. “WoodCarving” provides a wealth of information and patterns for woodcarvers, spoon carvers, illustrators, embroiderers and folk artists interested in classical patterns.
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Whittington doesn’t want to profit from sales of the book. Instead, funds generated by its sale will go directly to SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, a UK charity that provides support to men, women and veterans from the British Armed Forces, along with their families and dependents.
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