Learn the art of carving in relief with this comprehensive guidebook. Acclaimed carver, Lora S. Irish shows you the easy way to learn with step-by-step exercises on a practice board that will introduce all of the essential cuts, contouring and smoothing steps used in basic relief carving. Clear, in-depth instructions and dozens of how-to photographs accompany the eleven projects. The projects include: Birch Bark Swan, Mayan High Priest, Mexican Toucans, Celtic Stone Dragon, Beta Fish, Sunken Greenman, African Mask, Bumblebee & Sunflower and more. You'll learn how to handle your tools, prepare a wood surface, follow a pattern and apply a finish. With a few tools, a piece of smooth wood and this book, you'll soon be confidently carving exquisite birds, portraits, dragons, landscapes, wood spirits and more. 126 pages.