The Shipcarver's Handbook

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The classic text on carving sternboards, billetheads, trailboards, eagles, dolphins, rope borders, a variety of letter styles, and more. Learn design, and lettering, set-up and carving techniques, the best woods to use, tools and sharpening, finishing, plus gold leafing.

This is a well-illustrated guide, that will inspire both the amateur and the professional. The late Jay Hanna was a carver for over 40 years, whose work continues to hang in museums.

Originally published as The Marine Carving Handbook.

Table of Contents:

  • An Old and Honored Art
  • Woods for Marine Carving
  • First Tools and a First Project
  • Sternboards
  • Banner and Ribbon Ends
  • Dolphins
  • Rope Borders
  • Billetheads and Fiddleheads
  • Trailboards
  • Stern Eagles and Other Birds
  • Other Uses of Decorative Carvings
  • Finishes
  • Tools and Sharpening
  • by Jay Hanna
    108 pp., hardcover
    7 x 10"
    ISBN # 0-937822-14-0

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    History at my fingertips! Just a great read! Learned some things I’ll use when I get to finish my boat!

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