Carving Gargoyles, Grotesques, And Other Creatures Of Myth - History, Lore, And 12 Artistic Patterns
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Peering down from rooftops with their haunting, even humourousexpressions, gargoyles have endured for centuries as architecturalnecessities directing rainwater away from age-old buildings, or asothers speculate, warding off evil to protect the cathedrals,churches and homes where they were perched. Today, these mysteriousbeasts are a popular carving subject for anyone looking to addprimitive ornamentation in and around their homes. If you've everwanted to carve a gargoyle, grotesque, chimera or guardian, or justunderstand their differences, this unique step-by-step tutorialfrom renowned woodcarver, Shawn Cipa, will guide you from start tofinish. In addition to being led through the entire carving andfinishing process, you'll also discover fascinating legends andlore about each of these spirited creatures, where survivinggargoyles can be found around the world and the facts andconjecture surrounding their purpose and meaning. After you masterthe skills to complete the Traditional Water-Spouting Gargoyle andClass Grotesque projects, you'll find 10 additional originalpatterns for rowdy characters, like the Crouching Imp and theScreaming Keystone Grotesque. You'll even find patterns forfunctional projects, like a gargoyle cane-topper and a green mandoor knocker. What's Inside Carving Gargoyles in Wood: The history,creation and symbolism of the gargoyle and his clan of delightfulcousins; two complete step-by-step projects each accompanied by the'Artist's Approach' in which author Shawn Cipa discusses importantaspects of carving each piece; unconventional finishing processesare revealed to achieve an authentic aged-stone appearance; tipsfor securing and mounting your work; 26 additional full pagepatterns for gargoyles, grotesques, chimeras and more; andfascinating photographs of ancient gargoyles found around theworld.ISBN13: 9781565233294
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