Author Archives: Kara Uhl

A Review of Mary May’s Book from SAPFM

In the Spring 2018 issue of Pins & Tales (the Society of American Period Furniture Makers‘ e-magazine), Martin O’Brien, a professional furniture maker, stone carver and well-known conservator, reviewed Mary May‘s “Carving the Acanthus Leaf.” “As an instructional text, it … Continue reading

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The Living Wood

“Poets and painters have found in trees material for their art. If Gainsborough had been less successful as a portrait painter he would have given us some wonderful trees. As it is, in his few landscapes he has shown trees … Continue reading

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A Lesson in Sharpening

Editor’s Note: Richard Jones, the author of an upcoming book on timber technology, takes us back to the 1970s when he learned a valuable lesson in sharpening while in training. A perennial subject in woodworking magazines and forums is that … Continue reading

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My Convoluted Route To Lost Art Press

Editor’s Note: As Richard states below, his tome on timber technology is, indeed, nearing the finish line. For some people it appears it’s easy to release a book. Publishers occasionally give the impression of falling over themselves to offer improbably … Continue reading

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The Highlights and Lowlights of Writing About Trees and Wood

Editor’s Note: Richard Jones’s book on timber technology is designed, and Chris, Richard and I are working on final edits. The book will be available early this year. — Kara Gebhart Uhl In almost every project one can find good … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve

“There is always something solemn about the passing of the Old Year. When we were young and the years were very, very long, each New Year’s Eve was an event, the more enthralling for its rarity, and the year ahead … Continue reading

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Mary May Now Offering Video Lessons and Resin Study Casts

Can there ever be too many ways of learning to carve acanthus leaves? My new book, “Carving the Acanthus Leaf,” has full and complete step-by-step instructions on how to carve a variety of different historical acanthus leaves using hundreds of … Continue reading

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