Carving Shells and Cameos, and Other Marine Products: Tortoiseshell, Coral, Amber, Jet - Carson I. A. RitchieLondon: Arthur Barker Ltd, 1970, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Small, closed, tear to the head of the upper panel. Price Clipped. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Diagrams; Glossary; Appendix;
From the cover: “British sea shells, as well as tropical shells and exotic materials such as coral, mother of pearl, cameos, jet, and amber, form the totally unexplored raw material of the absorbing craft described in this book. Although Britain is a clearing house for almost every kind of shell, and although jet and amber are washed ashore along the whole of our eastern coastline, British people have always been content to pay heavily for imported carvings in shell and other materials which are basically inexpensive, and only become gems once they have left the craftsman’s hands.
The principal reason why amateurs and sculptors have in the past seldom made carvings in marine products, has been a general ignorance of them, and the absence of any instructional handbook for beginners. Most of the crafts described in this book — the first on the subject to be written — have remained the jealously guarded trade secrets of craftsmen who passed on their professional techniques from father to son, sometimes for centuries. Here for the first time the author describes how the complete amateur can carve a cameo, or a coral chessman, or nacre jewellery, engrave a nautilus shell, or even weld tortoiseshell and force silver ornament into it.
Step by step line drawings and photographs give additional, easy to follow, instructions. Neither expensive nor difficult to master, shell carving offers an absorbing pastime to the occasional or permanent seaside resident, and to the sculptor a completely new and untried medium of boundless possibilities.”