If you've been wondering where to find inspiration for your next carving project, look no further. This treasure trove of classic designs from internationally recognized artist Lora S. Irish is for you. Inside you'll find 200 original patterns that make wonderful subjects for both relief and power carving. From buffalo to bears, from wood spirits to wild horses, from sailboats to the Statue of Liberty, this wide-ranging collection covers all of today's most popular subjects.
Acclaimed carver and instructor Lora S. Irish takes you step-by-step through simple carvings on a practice board to introduce all of the essential cuts, contouring and smoothing steps used in basic relief woodcarving. You'll learn how to handle your tools, prepare a wood surface, follow a pattern, and apply a finish.
10 original new project patterns are accompanied by clear in-depth instructions and dozens of how-to photographs. Each design is presented both as an outline pattern for tracing directly onto wood, and as a detailed sketch to guide your work. A stunning photo gallery of finished projects is included to offer further inspiration.