The ball & claw foot is an iconic piece of 18th-century woodworking and the pierced design is considered the pinnacle of that
design. Alf Sharp has been carving beautiful details on furniture for more than 30 years.
Carving a ball & claw foot is easier than you might think – but only if you have the right instructor. Charles Bender has carved hundreds of these icons of period furniture and has developed simple and straightforward techniques that anyone can learn.
This 85 minute DVD by master carver David Bennett reveals his secrets to successful relief carving. With step-by-step instructions, David leads you through an actual carving project, showing his techniques and the visual concepts that make them work.
Now you can acquire the satisfying skill of carving wood. In this tape you'll discover the basics of woodcarving, see how to carve an 18th-century scallop shell and gain an understanding of the production techniques of that era.
The Okinawa woodpecker lives in Okinawa's Yambaru forest. Celebrated in Japan as a "special natural monument," this critically endangered bird is full of surprises. Scientists have discovered not only that Okinawa woodpeckers keep the same partner for life, but also that when it comes to feeding their chicks, females find food on trees and in the canopy whereas males forage for food on the ground. The survival of these woodpeckers depends on the choices they make, and nesting out in the open where sharp-eyed crows are on the prowl can have fatal consequences. For chicks that are preparing to leave the nest, their future depends on them watching and learning from their parents before they go it alone. Survival for the Okinawa woodpecker hangs in the balance.