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Carving Gargoyles - Shawn Cipa
Highland Item # 204644
Author: Shawn Cipa

Price : $19.95
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Carving Gargoyles. Grotesques, and Other Creatures of Myth: History, Lore, and 12 Artistic Patterns. Author, Shawn Cipa

Peering down from rooftops with their haunting, even humorous expressions, gargoyles have endured for centuries as architectural necessities directing rainwater away from age-old buildings, or as others speculate, warding off evil to protect the cathedrals, churches and homes where they were perched.

Today, these mysterious beasts are a popular carving subject for anyone looking to add primitive ornamentation in and around their homes. If you've ever wanted to carve a gargoyle, grotesque, chimera or guardian, or just understand their differences, this unique step-by-step tutorial from renowned woodcarver, Shawn Cipa, will guide you from start to finish. In addition to being led through the entire carving and finishing process, you'll also discover fascinating legends and lore about each of these spirited creatures, where surviving gargoyles can be found around the world, and the facts and conjecture surrounding their purpose and meaning.

After you master the skills to complete the Traditional Water-Spouting Gargoyle and Class Grotesque projects, you'll find 10 additional original patterns for rowdy characters, like the Crouching Imp and the Screaming Keystone Grotesque. You'll even find patterns for functional projects, like a gargoyle cane-topper, and a green man door knocker.

What's Inside Carving Gargoyles in Wood:

  • The history, creation and symbolism of the gargoyle and his clan of delightful cousins
  • Two complete step-by-step projects each accompanied by the "Artist's Approach" in which author Shawn Cipa discusses important aspects of carving each piece
  • Unconventional finishing processes are revealed to achieve an authentic aged-stone appearance
  • Tips for securing and mounting your work
  • 26 additional full page patterns for gargoyles, grotesques, chimeras, and more
  • Fascinating photos of ancient gargoyles found around the world

ISBN 978-1-56523-329-4

160 Pages, Paperback

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This product may expose you to chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm. Please read our Proposition 65 warning.
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Author: Shawn Cipa

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