Craig Vandall Stevens designs and builds one-of-a-kind furniture for exhibition and commission. He studied furniture making at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in northern California, a program renowned for its excellence in craftsmanship and attention to detail.
His work is exhibited around North America and Japan. He has received numerous awards including an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council. He's written feature articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine and is the author of five books published by Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. on the subjects of chip carving, marquetry, and furniture making. His work appears in Taunton Press' Design Book Seven, The Furniture Society's Furniture Studio 1: The Heart of the Functional Arts, Furniture Studio 2: Tradition in Contemporary Furniture, and With Wakened Hands by Cambium Press.
Craig has been a featured craftsman on the Home & Garden Television program, Modern Masters. He teaches furniture-making workshops throughout North America and has given presentations at conferences and furniture programs in Takayama, Japan.
Craig is also responsible for reproducing many of the original architectural carvings for the historical renovation of the Ohio State House in Columbus, Ohio, and he designed and carved a 51' long frieze and other architectural designs for the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial Bench in Columbus, Ohio.
Master Furniture Craftsman Craig Vandall Stevens takes you from novice to advanced wood-worker with this illustrated guide to marquetry, a technique where different colors of wood veneers are carefully cut to fit precisely together, forming a single sheet of veneer.
Explore your creative potential and learn the essential elements of marquetry: using a fret saw, sawing your own veneers from solid wood planks, the tools and materials required for marquetry, choosing wood, design, shading with hot sand, and applying a shellac finish. Finally, follow Stevens as he demonstrates making a beautiful, simple box with a marquetry top.
This volume will enable you to get pro-quality finishes every time. Each type of finish and technique is presented in a clear and accessible way. You'll get complete coverage of smoothing and preparing surfaces, changing the color of wood with dyes, pigments, and stains, polishing finishes to a high gloss, spray finishing, and repairing damaged finishes. Some of the finishes are just about foolproof. All finishes in Finishes & Finishing Techniques offer professional-looking results.
Includes articles on:
- Surface preparation
- Coloring wood
- Hand finishing
- Spray finishing
- Water-based finishes
- Special techniques
The art of finishing is best learned with complete, visual step-by-step instructions - and that is exactly what Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Finishing offers you. Detailed process photography demystifies the process of finishing -- and you'll get the finish you want for all your projects.
Jeff Jewitt, a world-renowned wood finisher, provides an in-depth coverage of tools and materials and covers all of the key processes. You'll learn about everything from surface preparation to color matching. Especially valuable is the coverage of advanced and special techniques, not usually covered in general finishing books, including detailed information on adjusting color, disguising defects, toning, glazing, spray finishing and rubbing out a finish. This comprehensive finishing reference is the most complete and detailed book on the subject - and you will find it incredibly valuable no matter what your skill level.
- Covers all the modern and traditional techniques for coloring and finishing wood.
- Organized for quick access, makes it easy to find each technique.
- Features over 850 photos and drawings illustrate the methods
- Covers sanding and surface preparation, staining and applying topcoats, and final polishing.