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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd (US); 2nd Revised edition edition (21 Feb. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764312243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764312243
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 966,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Most of this book is pictures, some of processes but also of artist's work.
The useful text is short and quite limited in scope - it's DIRECT Stone Sculpture so there's no talk of maquettes or planning. There's also very little about selecting stone & types of stone (3 pages) and I don't think it even mentioned tungsten carbide chisels (perhaps they didn't exist when it was written). Most of the references are to US tools & sources and are probably well out of date anyway.
Worthwhile if you can get it second hand for under £10 but I can't help feeling almost any other book would be better - the trouble is there aren't many. You'd learn more relevant stuff in a few hours with a sculptor or mason.
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109 of 110 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book on direct stone sculpture 28 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has aroused in me a great deal of enthuiasm for the process of shaping stone and the creation of art forms out of stone. Liebson is an authority on the subject and he writes extremely well. Manufacturers and suppliers of tools and stone are listed in an index. A list of recommended tools is provided as well as a fairly comprehensive description of how to best utilize these tools. The photographs are interesting and informative. An inspirational book. Of the three books on stone sculpture which I've read, this is by far the best.
56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Indispensible 30 Sept. 2002
By James C Bassett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Every sculptor should own this book, and it's really the only one you need. Meilach's volume makes a good supplement, but really that's all it is; Liebson's book easily stands on it's own as the standard reference.
Why? Almost the entire book is devoted to the craft and mechanics of carving stone. Liebson looks like someone's dad, and writes like it, too -- this book eschews all discussion of "art" in favor of simple, practical advice on "how to do it." From selecting a stone and tools to using and caring for those tools to finishing, polishing, mounting, and displaying your sculpture, even to gaining exhibitions and marketing your work, Liebson covers absolutely everything you need to know to get started, and to keep going. I've been carving for over five years now, and I still refer constantly to this book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Direct Stone Sculpture 19 Nov. 2006
By Anthony Bedford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
After reading the two previous reviews, I purchased this book on sculpture and was surprised to find that "soapstone" carving was dismissed from the very beginning of the book. Liebson makes clear that he does not even allow "soapstone" in his classroom--on the grounds that (his opinion)it is dangerous to the sculpter's health, and also crumbles when worked.

Since I am new to sculpture, this was disappointing because "soapstone" was the only material I had worked with, and hoped this book was going to give me some valuable advise. Beyond Liebson's dismisal of "soapstone" the book is everything that those other reviews said it was. Tools, methods and merchandising are all covered with ample illustrations. I hope to take full advantage of Liebson's valuable lessons once I have graduated up to limestone and the like.

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The book will help me reshape the Andes Mountain!! 9 Jan. 2007
By Hugo Revuelta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am very picky at buying books because of the high shipping costs to South America, sometimes as high as the cost of a book.

I purchased Direct Stone Sculpture because it was well praised at an art forum by highly renowned artists. After reading the book, I must say that I fully agree with them. It is worth reading and enjoying the photographs of many works. It teaches carving and use of carving tools.

I am not only learning to sculpt but also appreciating art made by great "stoners" at the Sculpture Gallery of the book.

The book has many photographs of the carving process, and shows detailed views of many hand and power tools that I found useful.

I think this book should have a special place at any home library even at non carvers' shelves.

HR, Bolivia
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Direct Stone Sculpture 25 Mar. 2010
By Corey B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author understands the medium of stone well and brings the techniques to life in a way that one can visualize, reproduce and gain the desired skills. The photo illustration works well with the material. However, I rated this book as three stars instead of five because of the publishers formatting (or lack there of.) Photo groups, necessary for following along were not labeled and quite often out of order visually or even on the wrong page. It was a distraction that could have easily been fixed if it had been proof read and/or laid out a little more carefully. Also, all of the photos in the book are black and white. Normally this is not a problem, but to see some of the detail and processes described, a color section may have been warranted.

Since there are few good books on the subject of direct carving in stone, I would recommend it, but with some mild hesitation and a disclaimer. From the standpoint of conveying information, it was a good book, kudos to the author. However, I don't like sloppiness and would more readily recommend a higher quality book if one existed.
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