I've been carving, chip carving & charicature carving, for a couple years now and these two books would differently help me advance to a new challenging level. Both architectural and full rounds are something I'd like to expand to.
Let's take this Work horse design back to when the lumber was sugar pine [7/8" or 1 1/4"]; all joints were mortise/tenon secured with clot nails; with the top rail full width; the toggle mortised between the legs; 3/16" gum ply.straps,keystone & corner blocks over all joints; and what made these horses last forever were the diagonal braces running from the top rail down to one of the legs. Both frames were identical so when assembled the horse was braced in both directions. A little before the Vietnam was gum ply. dropped off the map and sugar pine became to expensive to mill/sell. I worked in a scenic shop most of my life and I've seen these horses last 30 & 40 years - some of those were made before I was born. :)
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