Tom starts with a sapling straight from the hillside and takes the carver through each step to create a charming cane. He begins with prepping the sapling, helps the reader think through the design of the spirit that will emerge, and explains the various carving techniques that are needed to do the work. Finally he shows the painting and finishing steps, including ways to conceal unexpected problems. Each step is clearly photographed in color, with a concise, easy-to-understand explanation of what is happening and how to do it.
The definitive guide for learning relief carving. From transferring the pattern to preparing the wood and making the cuts, every element of the carving process is carefully illustrated and clearly explained. In carving a legendary wood spirit, a beginner will learn about tools and how to use them, how to create realistic eyes, noses, and other facial features, and how to add the element of texture.