Filled with ideas, inspiration, instruction, and practical advice, this generously illustrated handbook shows the endless possibilities for innovative, quality woodcarving. Written by a master of the craft, it covers every aspect of this immensely satisfying pastime, from the necessary tools and establishing a work area to selecting a subject and finishing a project. Hundreds of photographs showcasing the author's handiwork highlight the discussions of every topic. Learn the secrets of carving realistic-looking leaves, plants, and animals; find out how to select the fight wood for a project and much more. Three projects are presented from start to finish in step-by-step photographs, enabling carvers to watch a master at work as if they were right in his workshop.