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Drawing People
Drawing People
Price: 17.09

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't teach you how to draw, 22 Jan 2014
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There are some very good drawings in this book and the author obviously has some skill. There is also insight into a broad range of what is involved in drawing well, however unfortunately the book does not really tell you how to draw.

This may sound a bit odd, bearing in mind the sub-title, but there are many resources which instruct on the technique of drawing giving step by step advice, such as how to proportion the figure and so on. This book does not show you how to do any of this. It touches on many elements of drawing from proportion, through perspective to dealing with clothing. The author has obviously discovered how to do these things well, though mainly only in one medium, but she does not communicate well to others how to actually do this.


Nikwax Tech Wash and TX. Direct Wash-In Twin Pack
Nikwax Tech Wash and TX. Direct Wash-In Twin Pack
Price: 5.50 - 27.99

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars TX direct did not work, Nikwax not helpful, 19 Jan 2014
Washed and reproofed a Berghaus jacket with this and it has not proofed the jacket. The jacket is 4 years old and has had light use. Washed probably 3 times in Ecover detergent. On calling Nikwax they say the Tech wash probably didn't remove detergent residue. It would now need dry cleaning before re-proofing as the reproofing apparently locks in the earlier detergent. This does not seem to match the advice given on the products. I would say these products probably work if you have never used any other detergents before, but probably not if you have. The person at Nikwax was a bit condescending and I was not impressed by his attitude, although I presume the advice is accurate.


L.G Harris 5093 Eclipse Brush (Pack of 3)
L.G Harris 5093 Eclipse Brush (Pack of 3)
Offered by Red House Direct
Price: 13.13

1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THESE, 15 Nov 2013
These brushes are no better than anything from pound stores. I bought these thinking they would be better than Standard Harris No Loss, available at the same time (and cheaper). The brush hairs are not tightly arranged and won't give a sharp edge. They also lose a lot of hairs continually whilst painting, leaving hairs in the paint work. These are a very poor product and will ruin a paint job. DO NOT BUY THEM !. The only selling point appears to be the wooden handles. They're not particularly good either. It appears that Harris imports their brushes from China and stick their name on them. I don't know if their professional range is any good any more but they are now just selling a name, not a good product.


The Art of Japanese Joinery
The Art of Japanese Joinery
by Kiyoshi Seike
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.63

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More art than craft, 19 Oct 2013
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This is more about the aesthetics of the joint and leans more on photos of them as something visual. It is not for the practical carpenter wishing to make them or wanting to know where to use them. If you have The Complete Japanese Joinery, this won't add anything to what's in there. If you want to make them, get The Complete Japanese Joinery. If you want a nice looking book with very nice (b&w) photographs and are more interested in the aesthetics of the joints, then buy this book.
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Complete Japanese Joinery
Complete Japanese Joinery
by Yasuo Nakahara
Edition: Paperback
Price: 17.62

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, not been bettered, 19 Oct 2013
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If you only get one book on Japanese carpentry, get this one. I've not been able to find better. There are quite a few around, covering; joints, or tools or carpentry. This seems to cover all of these in as much detail across the board.


The Care and Use of Japanese Woodworking Tools: Saws, Planes, Chisels, Marking Gauges, Stones
The Care and Use of Japanese Woodworking Tools: Saws, Planes, Chisels, Marking Gauges, Stones
by Kip Mesirow
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.68

3.0 out of 5 stars A bit thin on information and illustrations just okay, 16 Oct 2013
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I bought this, thinking it would be fairly detailed and have more information than books I already have. However you will learn as much, if not more from Toshio Odate's book, "Japanese Woodworking Tools Their Tradition Spirit & Use". You'll also learn as much from Yasuo Nakahara's "The Complete Japanese Joinery", plus lots of information on carpentry and joinery. The text is very easy to read, but often brief. To me it's a bit too light often and doesn't explain what it's talking about in enough detail. The section on planes is a bit better than the rest and the bit on chisels too brief. I would recommend Odate's book and Nakahara's, preferably both. This one adds very little to either of those and misses some information given in them, plus the illustrations are poorer. If you really want information on Japanese tools and how to use them, get "The Complete Japanese Joinery". If you would like a bit more on the spirit of Japanese Carpentry, get Odate's book. I wouldn't bother with this one.


The Ogri Collection: No. 2
The Ogri Collection: No. 2
by Paul Sample
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Ha ha ha ha he he he ho ho ho!, 21 Feb 2013
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Ha ha ha ha ha ha he he he he he ho ho ho ho ho and lots of naughtiness too.


The Complete Guide to Digital Black & White Photography (Complete Guides)
The Complete Guide to Digital Black & White Photography (Complete Guides)
by Michael Freeman
Edition: Paperback
Price: 15.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good read. Doesn't deal with printing, 21 Feb 2013
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This is one of four books by Michael Freeman that I have. I tend to like his style, and although I don't always agree with his aesthetic/philosophical thoughts, I do find them very thought provoking and helpful. I think this is a good broad resource, generally clear and well produced, explaining lots of aspects of digital B&W. I find it a good book for me to explore and develop Digital B&W, being a good bridge from the analogue process. It clearly explains a lot of the technical aspects of digital capture and processing and I think it contains a heck of a lot in one place.

It's major fault is that it ignores the printing process itself, referring to another of his books (with John Beardsworth), which is very poor on Black and White printing. Although it does cover a lot of old darkroom stuff, such as dodging, burning, contrast adjustment etc, which is now achieved through the computer, if you are looking for information on intermediate to advanced B&W inkjet printing this is not it. I am yet to find any book which approaches anywhere near the level of knowledge or technique available to the wet darkroom practitioner in terms of producing a quality print.


Nikwax Motorcycle Leather Care Kit Cleaning/Proofing Value Pack
Nikwax Motorcycle Leather Care Kit Cleaning/Proofing Value Pack
Price: 19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good kit for your kit., 17 Feb 2013
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A good selection of leather care products at a good price. All easy and quick to use. I'm not sure if it's quite as good as the Nikwax paste for waterproofing, but it's a heck of a lot quicker. You can clean and proof a complete set of leathers in about half an hour with this and also proof boots and gloves. You should get away with two complete clean and reproofings. When it comes to visors, there are a few better products to treat visors with, but the Visor Proof is also pretty good.

Completely agree with the other review, you will slip around a lot on your seat for a couple of weeks.


Stanley 60.1/2 Block Plane       1 12 060
Stanley 60.1/2 Block Plane 1 12 060

3.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite, needs fettling., 17 Feb 2013
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Once again a good product from Stanley, designed when they knew what they were doing, also made in Sheffield as it should be (or at least mine was). This is very good for it's designed job, cutting across end-grain. It is much better than the cheaper type with less or more fiddly adjustment, (which are practically useless), but is not usable out of the box. I had to hand file the mouth to get the iron (blade) square. The sole was also roughly finished and not quite flat, so needed further fettling and as with most planes, the iron needs honing before use. As good as a Lie Nielsen, but only after you set it up. Probably Worth 40 quid odd from Amazon, but second-hand ones from before the 90s will be better set up if you can find one that's been looked after.


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