By Douglas Percy Bliss
Housed within the British Museum is a 1300-year-old chinese language manuscript with clone of Buddha drawn in flowing black traces. This, in accordance with A background of wooden Engraving, is the oldest identified woodcut and the start line for this full of life historical past of the paintings shape. for centuries, wooden engraving used to be the first technique of illustrating books in France, Italy, and the Netherlands. within the 16th century, the German grasp Durer introduced engraving to new creative heights. when you consider that then, ratings of real originals have placed their very own stamp in this distinctive splendidly expressive shape. a regular within the field, A historical past of wooden Engraving offers any artwork lover a trove of appealing information—from engraving suggestions, to artist biographies, to non-public commentary—all expertly defined by way of Douglas Percy Bliss, a well known painter and engraver in his personal correct. the writer strikes the tale the entire solution to glossy occasions, with a last bankruptcy on fresh masters and the way forward for engraving.
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8 36 Cut the bevels on the edges of the top. 030-037) 70531 I PROJECT 3 9/4/08 11:49 AM Page 37 Making a Bending Form A one-piece bending form is a simple, yet effective way to laminate strips of wood to create any curve. Forms can be made from scrap wood, preferably plywood, because it is stable and strong. If the form needs to be thicker than the scraps you have, simply glue pieces to the thickness you need. Draw the pattern you would like on the blank you’ve made. Cut next to the pattern line with a jigsaw or band saw and sand or plane the curve smooth to the line.
Note that a hand screw is used to hold the mounting plate vertical. 038-049) 70531 I PROJECT 4 14 15 9/4/08 11:51 AM Page 47 Draw the door top-rail arch on a piece of scrap plywood. Cut next to the line, and smooth to the line with files and sandpaper. This will be your template, so take your time and make it as smooth as you can. Trace the arch onto each rail. Cut on the inside of the arch lines leaving about 1⁄ 8" of material. Set up the routing jig as shown in the photo, and rout each rail arch with a flush-trim bit in the router.
By cutting the slots on the outside of the layout square, the biscuits will be positioned properly. 038-049) 70531 I PROJECT 4 9/4/08 11:51 AM Page 43 Making a Layout Square Step 1 After cutting the parts to size, cut a slot into the end of the wooden arm. Make the first cut just off center. Note the square scrap of wood being used as a push stick. This scrap helps you to hold the wood squarely to the table and protects your fingers from the blade as it exits the back of the cut. Step 2 Turn the piece around and make the second cut.
A History of Wood Engraving: The Original Edition by Douglas Percy Bliss