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For anyone interested in carving birds from wood, this comprehensive guide from the editors of Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine is filled with useful information and techniques for both hand and power carving. It includes 15 bird-carving projects organized by skill level.

It begins with an overview of tools, materials and safety, and includes a section on bird anatomy that identifies features and feather groups common to most flying birds. It explains fundamental cuts used in hand carving and explains power-carving basics such as bit shapes and techniques for creating effects. Adding texture, painting and finishing are also covered.

The step-by-step projects show the beginner how to carve an owl, an eagle, a comfort bird, a simple songbird and a twig rooster. For the intermediate level, there is a nuthatch, a woodpecker, a wren, a blue heron and a loon pin, and for the more experienced carver, a goldfinch, a chickadee, a hummingbird, a warbler and a shoveler hen walking stick.

Includes color photographs, helpful tips throughout, patterns and contributor profiles.

Softcover, 8" × 10", 128 pages, 2022.

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