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A stone carver with extensive conservation experience introduces readers to the techniques and methodology of restoration stone carving, set against a sound conservation philosophy
Few decorative crafts can claim to be more ancient than stone carving, with the earliest carved objects being dated well into prehistory. This book provides a thorough understanding of stone as a material and describes its use in sculpture and the agents of its decay, as well as the method by which disfigured carvings can be forensically reconstructed, resulting in the reemergence of beautifully carved historic architectural sculpture. The book is intended as a detailed introduction to restoration stone carving, and is aimed at those who are learning to carve stone or have an interest in pursuing a career in the conservation of stone sculpture and ancient monuments. While having a depth of detail which will allow it to serve as a reference manual for the professional, it will also inspire the beginner and fuel the interest of those who harbor a desire to pursue traditional crafts.