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Direct Stone Sculpture (Schiffer Art Books) Hardcover – 21 Feb 2001
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About the Author
Milt Liebson is a professional sculptor who maintains an active studio and home near the historic and picturesque village of Cranbury, New Jersey.
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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 Most of the references are to US tools & sources and are probably well out of date anyway.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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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.
The big drawback to this book is that it ignores the techniques that Liebson himself doesn't use: not only does it leave out indirect carving (copying from a model), but also omitted is any discussion of how to carve details with a chisel. The sculptures photographed for the book, including half a dozen of Liebson's own, tend to be abstract and employ only large, simple forms. They all eschew the kind of fine details that are essential to most of the world's stone-carving traditions, such as the floral decadence of a Corinthian capital or the lettering on a tombstone. Liebson's choice not to cover this--or even to mention it--is a discouraging flaw in an otherwise decent book.