Packed with 101 patterns for small-scale projects ideal for beginning and intermediate crafters, this companion features original relief projects that stand alone beautifully or that can be easily incorporated into functional and decorative items in the home. The entire carving process is demonstrated, employing a country apple quilt square project as the example, alongside detailed information on necessary tools, a review of the best woods to use, and instructions on how to achieve the appropriate levels of depth. Patterns include wildlife, botanical, mythical, and landscape subjects, and each project includes two detailed patterns: a line and a shaded variety. Fifty additional patterns for gorgeous corner designs that can be incorporated into a variety of crafts projects - from carving and wood burning to painting and quilting - are also included. Lora S. Irish is an artist who runs an internet carving studio with her husband at www.carvingpatterns.com. She is a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Wood Carving Illustrated, and the author of Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Fairy Patterns, Great Book of Tattoo Designs, Great Book of Woodburning, and Wood Spirits and Green Men.
From the Back Cover
Small in Size, Big in Style These artistic relief-carving designs from acclaimed artist Lora S. Irish allow carvers to create beautiful projects quickly. The small patterns enable easy experimentation with new techniques, tools, and supplies without a large investment of time or materials. So, use a different gouge, try a mew finish, or have a go at woodburning. With these small artistic designs, you can discover what you love- without worrying about wasted time and money. This collection of over 101 exquisite patterns enables crafters to try their hand at relief carving, wood burning, tole painting, and other visual crafts. While small in sixe, each design is large in style and perfect for adorning an endless variety of items- such as jewelry boxes, nameplates, house number plaques, wall hangings, trunks, tables, and much more. With landscapes, wildlife, sailing ships, fruit and flora, architectural scrolls, Celtic-inspired designs, and handsome corner motifs, there's a pattern inside for any project you can imagine. For carving beginners- follow along as Irish demonstrates the entire carving process from start to finish with the charming Fruit Crate Apple. Invaluable appendices cover all the tools and woods you'll need and how to achieve the appropriate levels of depth in a relief carving.