Relief Carving Workshop, Book

In Relief Carving Workshop, acclaimed carver and instructor Lora S. Irish shows you the easy way to learn the rewarding art of relief woodcarving. She takes you through every element of the carving process, starting with step-by-step exercises on a practice board that introduce all of the essential cuts, contouring, and smoothing steps used in carving. Once you've mastered the individual strokes, you'll learn to use these same basic cuts over and over again to create eleven magnificent works of art. Clear, in-depth instructions and dozens of how-to photographs accompany each project. You'll learn proper tool handling, how to prepare the wood, follow patterns, and apply finishes. With just a few sharp tools, a smooth piece of wood, and this book, you'll be confidently carving birds, portraits, dragons, landscapes, wood spirits, and more. 128 pages. Contents: IntroductionWoodcarving ToolsSharpening Carving ToolsSelecting Carving WoodWorking with PatternsCreating a Practice BoardBirch Bark SwanCountry Goose BarnMayan High PriestMexican ToucansCeltic Stone DragonBeta FishSunken GreenmanAfrican Mask 1African Mask 2''No Vacancy'' BirdhouseBumblebee and SunflowerIndex About the Author: Lora S. Irish is an internationally known artist and author who has written and published numerous books on carving and crafting with wood. She is also a regular contributer to several woodworking magazines.

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