|I hate the phrase "self taught". It's a master of inefficiency. I like to tell people that in a lot of subjects I'm "self-taught" but it isn't true. I just didn't learn in a classroom. These days, most of the time, regardless of the subject, I learn from a combination of books and videos. |
When it comes to woodcarving, books can only go so far. It's a great thing seeing a master actually make something, or in the case of Chris Pye, deconstucting the act of carving into understandable chunks. Now don't get me wrong, Pye is one of the great woodworking writers out there, but even the best organized book can't replace actually seeing work being made.
When Lettercarving in Wood first came out I thought it by far the best book ever written on the subject and when it went out of print I thought it a real loss. So I am incredibly happy to announce that yes - Lettercarving in Wood is once more available. But wait - There's MORE!
A few years ago Chris Pye set up the Woodcarving Workshops, a subscriber site containing hundreds of videos by Pye on all aspects of carving. And these are properly produced videos, by someone who is a master teacher. Most important because the videos are all by PYE there is a real coherence in the quality of instruction.
People learn differently. Some work better from a book, some like videos, but I think both together work great The videos become the class demonstration for amplifying the book's contents. And the book becomes the easy to refer to record of the classroom demonstrations.
The book Lettercarving in Wood doesn't work in lockstep with the multitude of lettercarving instructional videos that are on woodcarving TV but it's all by the same guy and everything goes hand in hand.
Chris's videos aren't free, and they shouldn't be. He has to eat just like everyone else, and to produce the several hundred lessons such a high level of instructions requires time and effort. The deal is a fairly inexpensive subscription that gives you access to all the videos. However, to familiarize yourself with the quality and utility of the instruction Chris has a promotional offer of a week free on the site. All you do is sign up and that's it. They do take credit card info but unless you EXPLICITLY agree at the end of the trial to subscribe your credit card won't be charged. BTW - we don't get a commission or anything for mentioning this offer.
Another great thing about a subscription is that it's an incentive to get off your duff and do something while you are subscribing - just like a gym membership.
Here's the link: Link To Free Trail of Chris Pye's Woodcarving Workshops. You also need a coupon code (or else they charge you a £1.50 ) The code is: TRIAL14AFT0001
So give it a shot!
N.B. If you have never ordered anything in a foreign currency have no worries - your regular credit card will work - the credit card company does the conversion when they bill you.