Learn how to choose, prepare, and apply the perfect finish for your next creative wood project This practical guide to finishing techniques shows you how to create flawless finishes each and every time. Nationally known artist and best-selling author Lora S. Irish presents a wide array of beautiful acrylic paint techniques and oil staining/antiquing methods, with easy-to-follow instructions and workshop photographs that illustrate every step. Finishing Techniques for Wood Crafters takes you through all the basics of painting and staining any woodcarving, pyrography, or gourd project. Sample projects throughout the book demonstrate specific techniques--like applying a vintage finish to a chip carved fish; creating realistic skin tones on a wood spirit cane topper; enhancing a Celtic knot dragon with an interesting stone effect; and more. Once you master these artistic techniques you can mix and match them on any project.