Book Store Latest Topicshttp:// Store Latest TopicsenJubb "carving Japanese Netsuke" Bookhttp:// have just bought a copy of this book.

By another British woodcarver.

Very similar to Benson's book but about £5 cheaper.

Losts of photos of step by step methods, gallery of finished carvings, brief descriptions of various techniques such as inlay, eyes and 3 ways to carve bumps.

Happy to scan a page or two for people to see if that is allowed.



2485Mon, 27 Jun 2011 10:34:29 +0000
Book: Classification And Nomenclature Of Beads And Pendantshttp://,


I did a quick search of the forum and did not see this book posted (apologies if I am wrong and it is in here somewhere!).


I just received this one in the mail yesterday and WOW is it ever a great little compilation of beads of all kinds and materials. There are diagrams of every major shape of bead which I think will be highly useful when deciding what shape of bead to carve (you can see some of them right on the cover at the bottom). Right away I thought, "This will be an excellent reference for if I am out of ideas, or in need of a visual guide if I get stuck."


Figured I'd share, because I think these diagrams could be useful for anyone who would like a useful guide on basic shapes/forms.


Classification and Nomenclature of Beads and Pendants by Hoarce Beck (Second edition 1973)




3684Tue, 28 Feb 2017 17:40:47 +0000
"Bone Carving" ~ Stephen Myhrehttp:// news from the publishers of "Bone Carving" by Stephen Myhre, they are reprinting this classic book!!!


You will find available copies here: on the web site.




Publishers Introduction:


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.


Penguin Random House New Zealand

3627Sat, 19 Mar 2016 14:16:56 +0000
The Art Of Dyeing And Staininghttp:// Internet Archive ,

is a free digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form.

Like a paper library, provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, the print disabled, and the general public.


The recurring question , how do I do that , Dyeing and Staining , bone , horn , ivory , wood , stone , etc...

This book is from 1902 , The Art of Dyeing and Staining ,


from the same Archive ,

Adornment in clay: ceramic netsuke from the Richard R. Silverman Collection (2010)

3483Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:13:45 +0000
Understanding Wood Finishinghttp:// a woodworking store recently I was guided to look at a particular book to find some of the answers to the questions that I was asking. I bought it, and am very happy to be reading it.


Understanding Wood Finishing: How to Select and Apply the Right Finish by Bob Flexner

Completely revised and updated, October 2010

An American Woodworker Book

Fox Chapel Publishing

ISBN 978-1-56523-566-3

$24.95 US


Bob Flexner, a wood worker, studied the chemistry of wood finishes beginning with using a local university engineering library. He presents and dispels numerous myths and delves deeply into the makeup and character of wood and finishes.


This book is a very helpful and useful resource. I have a better understanding of what I have in cans and jars in my studio, and it helps to explain the how and why of what I have only intuited as I made choices between products over the years.



2727Sat, 10 Mar 2012 05:18:27 +0000
A New Book From Another Kiwi Carving Legendhttp://'d like to suggest to the bone carvers out there, especailly the ones who are fans of Maori art, Brian Flintoff's new book, Kura Koiwi, Bone Treasures. It's a wonderful insight into the thinking that often goes into Maori carving. It doesn't touch on techniques like Stephen Myhre's book, but is more about the korero, or stories behind the different styles of carving.


Brian is a highly regarded bone carver in NZ, and is one of the pioneers of modern bone carving and Maori instruments. He is also a wonderful man, and even though he is a Pakeha (a decendant of early European settlers), he is a treasure umong Maori, and all New Zealanders.


Mauriora, Billy.


2854Sat, 28 Jul 2012 07:35:27 +0000
Book Storehttp:// collection of books suggested by the membership are offered for sale through various on-line book dealers.


The Book Store is now on Janel's web site. Help it grow as we learn about new books which may be of interest to our membership.


Please e-mail Janel Jacobson with your suggestions when you have them.


Happy browsing!



137Sat, 30 Apr 2005 17:09:47 +0000
Ebook "how To Carve A Snake On A Twisted Stick Using Power Toolshttp:// is a great ebook for people who are interested in carving a snake on a curled/twisted stick.


The author discusses where to find curled sticks.


How to select the best stick.


Tools used to carve the snake.


Material used to paint and seal the stick.


The ebook is available on Amazon, Google, amd Ebay. You can also purchase a copy at

2852Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:50:05 +0000
Free Internet Book - Maori Carvinghttp:// folks:


For those who are interested, I found this link on the Internet Archives


This is a FREE download, and worth checking every few months as they add books all the time, mostly old books that are out of copyright. I've found several interesting books on old jewelry there.


Debbie K

2274Fri, 12 Nov 2010 13:40:11 +0000
"Bone Carving" by Stephen Myhrehttp:// have noted a somewhat negative review of this book in the Book Store. I am interested in finding out more about it as I am thinking about purchasing it. Would appreciate hearing from anyone who has the book and is willing to share their thoughts about it. Thanks Dick Kahle

686Thu, 19 Oct 2006 16:03:40 +0000
Peter Benson's Bookhttp://'ve just received "The Art of Carving Netsuke" by Peter Benson, Guild of Mastercraftsmen Publications, May 2010, £16.99. I haven't had time to go through it yet, but will put up some comments when I have. It also has quite a few illustrations of Netsuke, old and contemporary.


Amazon is doing a deal:

2144Fri, 28 May 2010 12:01:54 +0000
Medieval Ivories and Works of Arthttp:// Everyone,


I just received a copy of a book entitled Medieval Ivories and Works of Art, The Thompson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and I highly recommend it for anyone interested in the subject of sculpture in Ivory or boxwood. The images are stunning, with many detailed close-ups, and the sculptures are first-rate.


It is available from: abebooks

or directly from the Art Gallery of Ontario, in Toronto: Here





1929Fri, 23 Oct 2009 21:30:56 +0000
That's the best book goinghttp:// Friend,


There is one book im thinking how to buy it. i saw it in ebay... Does any one know the book ? or have the book?


The Japanese Sword Guards and Fittings. i love the high quality photos in the book.


Sumptuously Beautiful and Exquisitely Produced Japanese Sword Fittings Book


The Collection of the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum Collection.


This ranks as one of the world's finest collection of sword fittings and koshirae


Ample English content, including preface by Victor Harris, Keeper Emeritus of Japanese Antiquities, British Museum, and afterward by Murata Masayuki, Curator of the Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum, translated into English.


Also, all picture captions in English and Japanese. Very generously illustrated with stunning photography, with many detailed close ups, and display of signature marks.


Large format 23 x 29.5 cm - 95 pages - Text: Japanese with English preface, aftward, and captions - Soft bound with lovely high gloss dust cover - Exquisitely photographed and printed on lacquered thick stock - An extremely nice piece of publishing, and destined to become a standard reference work - Condition: New.



Here are some photos i found from the internet.





1977Thu, 26 Nov 2009 13:09:41 +0000
King of the Confessorshttp:// great and thought povoking read about the purchase of the Bury St. Edmunds Cross, a masterpiece of medieval sculpture carved out of Walrus... now rewritten in parts.


"I wrote the original book in part," he says, "because I wanted to show people the real art world, a world of backstabbers, sharks and con artists--not the salon world of tea-drinking esthetes."


"It's as if Hitler and Michelangelo collaborated to make a masterpiece"


1927Thu, 22 Oct 2009 00:15:20 +0000
Peach Pit carving book.'ve seen this book pop up , from time to time, when I check the web for new Pit Carving content.


Does anyone know where there is an extra copy of it? Thanks, J.J. Smith


Concerning the practice of peach pit carving (Unknown Binding)


by W. C Leonberger (Author)


Availability: Currently unavailable. We don't know when or if this item will be back in stock.

Product Details


Unknown Binding: 24 pages

Publisher: W.C. Leonberger? (1993)

Language: English


Average Customer Review: No customer reviews yet.


Information from AMAZON.

1592Tue, 18 Nov 2008 05:50:16 +0000
Paragon salehttp://;subjectid=39


I was browsing Paragon's online catalog today and came across these sale items.

1916Fri, 02 Oct 2009 18:24:25 +0000
Joe Earle's bookhttp:// just come across reduced price copies of the book with free world wide postage here:

1895Sat, 12 Sep 2009 16:19:20 +0000
'Arts of Asia" just got a new book that might be of interest "Arts of Asia materials, techniques styles" by Meher McArthur


"This book aops a new approach to the arts of Asia by using the artistic materials themselves as the starting point for each chapter It is intended as an introduction to some of the principal materials used in Asian art-jade,silk porcelain, lacquer, ivory, bamboo, paper, gold,wood and stone..."

It has over twenty pages on each material and gives a short description of techniques. There are over 400 color pictures from many cultures


You can see a sample from the book at one of the big online book dealers.


Because it is a survey book it may be more superficial than many of you will want and I don't think I would pay full retail price. But it is definitely an interesting book filled with inspiring pictures.



1858Mon, 03 Aug 2009 10:15:42 +0000
Two book websites to browsehttp:// all TCP members and any guests,


Enjoy surfing through these websites. You may find a book or two that applies to your style of carving.


Dover Publications ( publishes a wide variety of art and design books which have an expired copyright; therefore, there is no fee for use of material. One Dover book worth considering is "The Styles of Ornament" by Alexander Speltz. This book contains examples of periods of styles such as Celtic, Mahometan, and Gothic ornament. Another of my Dover favorites is "Primitive Art" by Franz Boas that contains examples of Northwest Native American design. I have both of these in my library. They also have books with CD that contain various designs. Free samples of designs are available via e-mail by signing up on their website.


Schiffer Books ( is another interesting website for artist. Most of their Arts and Craft books are project oriented and show step by step procedures; however, they also have books for collectors and these books have plenty of ideas for artists. One book that they sell, which I do not own, is "Asian Ivory" by Jeffery B. Snyder. I have a book on Kachina dolls and one on a Transformation Mask carved by Lelooska.


Enjoy dreaming about projects you are planning while surfing though these websites.


Have fun carving,


E George

1835Tue, 07 Jul 2009 21:31:34 +0000
Masatoshi Book on quickhttp:// ART OF NETSUKE CARVING. Item number: 310020885803 ...


only a couple of hours left bids ....$19.99................location USA..

1321Wed, 13 Feb 2008 00:49:27 +0000
Doug Lindstrand wildlife artisthttp:// breakfast with Doug Lindstrand the other day and when I got him and his friend off of the subject of golf (pasture pool!) I asked him when he's putting out another book so anybody that uses Doug's books for research fotos artwork of wildlife he will be putting out a new book soon. One of the pieces is a sow bear w/3cubs. The sow died about a mile from my house, everybody did what they could to keep her alive but whe was old and 3 cubs were too much for her.

So - keep your eyes open it's going to be another good one!

1330Sat, 23 Feb 2008 13:18:10 +0000
If you only had three netsuke/carving books... you only could have three netsuke/carving books which would they be ?


I have no books and was trying to get some more knowledge by buying a few so thought I'd ask here for recommendations. So if you were stuck on a desert island which three would you choose ?!


I'm just trying to get a good foundation type list to have a hunt for...




1331Sun, 24 Feb 2008 09:39:19 +0000
tree branch carvinghttp:// ago I found a book in the library on tree branch carving, or twig carving. It was kind of a folk art. I have not been able to find anything on this since, Edtheplantman

1519Sat, 06 Sep 2008 16:12:22 +0000
PHOTO IMAGE SIZE, PAY ATTENTION TO THIShttp:// was, and is still, very strongly recommend that the image pixel and file size to aim to FIT WITHIN THESE GUIDELINES!!!


- 72 dpi

- JPEG works great

- around 640 x 480 pixel dimension

- and around 50 K file size



Help the forum members who have slow, land line, computer modems, by posting the above recommended file sizes for your images, and also help the forum by taking less storage space in the forum's file storage area.


Thank you!


1460Mon, 07 Jul 2008 18:08:20 +0000
NETSUKE BOOK ON EBAYhttp:// looking for books


Just found on ebay


Netsuke / Living Masters of Netsuke, by Miriam Kinsey.


Item number: 300189838799


no bids yet...finishes in 2 days 8 hours..


start bid $24.00




good luck......dont bid each other up too much..... ;)

1272Wed, 16 Jan 2008 19:13:19 +0000