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In this engaging, easy-to-follow guide, well-known carver and instructor Chris Pye leads beginners through the essentials of woodcarving.

In addition to covering the basics of tools and sharpening, he offers advice for setting up a workspace, providing tips on lighting, tool storage, holding devices and more. Through step-by-step instructions supplemented with color photos and practice exercises, he explains tool grips, cuts and techniques while encouraging novices to develop good woodcarving habits.

Pye shows how to carve four traditional patterns for ornamental moldings and uses a single design to teach line carving, cavo relievo and texturing. He describes how to adapt a simple pattern to create three versions of a carving in low, high and pierced relief, and explains carving-in-the-round techniques for sculpting a baseball cap and a small bird.

A beautifully illustrated resource for carvers just starting out, as well as a refresher for those with more experience who want to brush up on their carving techniques.

Softcover, 8 1/2" × 11", 159 pages, 2010.