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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing; First Edition edition (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848321767
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848321762
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 2.5 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANDY PETERS is a professional woodcarver who specializes in restoring original ships' figureheads and carving replicas. His commissions have included the head of the replica French frigate Hermione at Rochefort, as well as all the decorative work for the Gotheborg Swedish East Indiaman project, a five-year undertaking.


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This beautifully produced book, written by professional carver Andrew Peters, is a treatise on the ship carver's work during the heyday of decoration, where no expense was spared. The evolution of the styles among the major seafaring navies and merchant ships is compared and contrasted. The photographs and illustrations are wonderfully rendered. This book will please ship modelers, research historians or history buffs in general.
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excellent experience !
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HASH(0x9057c5ac) out of 5 stars More History than Practicality 10 Jan. 2015
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Certainly well researched and well written history of both ship carving and the Navys of the Old World. For the woodcarver or would-be shipcarver, this was of little practical application. The history, whys and wherefores, were enlightening, yet difficult to apply to hands-on carving and design. For the price, I cannot recommend it, other than as a historical treatment of the topic. Many other how-to books out there that would be much more useful, and significantly cheaper.
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HASH(0x9225fedc) out of 5 stars Excellent study of Ship decoration 11 Jun. 2015
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Well-researched and well-written source on ship decoration that updates and mostly supercedes the earlier classics of the subject, written in the 1920s. Highly recommended.
It is an outstanding source for the subject and one of the few that offers comparative study of different decorative traditions, including the very rarely mentioned Scandinavian maritime powers.

This book is not and never was intended to be a step-by-step carver's textbook. The other reviewer has clearly missed entirely the point of the book, had purchased it without reading the description.
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