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Relief Carving Wood Spirits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Releasing Faces in Wood (Woodcarving Illustrated Books) Paperback – June 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Woodcarving Illustrated Books
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565233336
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565233331
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Designed for beginners, Relief Carving Wood Spirits is carefully illustrated and explains every element of the carving process."  —Chip Chats Magazine

About the Author

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 Floral Patterns, and Great Book of Tattoo Designs. She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland.

More About the Author

Lora and her husband, Michael, work from their internet studio at ArtDesignsStudio.com for line art wood carving, pyrography, and craft patterns and their online free tutorial blogs at LSIrish.com. ArtDesignsStudio.com offers more than 2500 pattern in various subject categories, including North American Wildlife, Celtic Knots, Dragons and Mythological Beasts, Nautical and Sea Life, and many more.

Lora continues to provide new patterns, new projects, new step-by-step instructions, and new inspiration to many artists, only available on her pattern website.

Irish's free online tutorials can be found on her blog at LSIrish.com, where she shared step-by-step in-depth wood carving, pyrography, applique quilting,and scroll saw projects.

Trained as a Fine Artist at the University of Maryland, twelve of Lora Susan Irish's pure breed dog oil paintings have been published as limited edition art prints. Her art has been featured on the front covers of "Doberman Quarterly" 1991, "Samoyed Quarterly" - all four issues of 1991, and "Shetland Sheepdog Quarterly" 1991 published by Hoflin Press.

She is the author of a series of woodcarving, pyrography, and craft pattern books including the Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Relief Carving the Wood Spirit, and The Art and Crafts of Pyrography; Classic Carving Patterns published by Taunton Press, publisher of "Fine Wood Working Magazine"; and Classic Chip Carving published by Chipping Away, Inc.

L. S. Irish shared the Wood Carver of the Year - 2007 with Ed Gallenstein, editor and publisher of "Chip Chats Magazine", for her support and teaching efforts in the wood carving community.

Working from her rural mid-Maryland home studio, Lora S. Irish is currently exploring new crafts and hobbies including wire bent link jewelry, metal sheet jewelry, piece patch and applique quilting, gourd carving, gourd pyrography, and leather crafts.

You can contact Lora at her blog, LSIrish.com.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By RAYSOUTH on January 7, 2009
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As is the norm for this artist, a superb publication and knowledge packed.
Everything in this book has value to the experienced, or beginner craftsman.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wind Blown Creations on December 24, 2009
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I have enjoyed all of the Lora S. Irish's books that I have gotten.
This one is very good step by step for the beginner.
I would love to see her tips and tech for carving in harder woods especially oak.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Miss Mocha Latte on January 25, 2012
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This book contains very detailed instructions for carving the Wood Spirit on the cover. It is truly a step-by-step guide in great detail so that someone without a great deal of experience in creating faces could produce the cover spirit without difficulty. My husband easily produced the carving for me and then another for my sister's birthday. They are truly wonderful.

The section on finishing the Spirit is a really welcomed feature and gave me a wealth of ideas on how to produce several different looks: dry brush, streaking, stain, etc. It is not an in-depth reference, but having hand-painted many carvings along the years, I found information on natural finishes for wood helpful.

There are a couple of really nice patterns at the back, but there are no detailed instructions provided for executing the designs. My husband is confident, however, that after carving the first Spirit, he could execute the other designs without much difficulty.

We had a very good result with this book and appreciate having it around as a reference.

Relief Carving Wood Spirits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Releasing Faces in Wood (Woodcarving Illustrated Books)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Whitie on December 27, 2011
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Relief Carving Wood Spirits: A Step-By-Step Guide for Releasing Faces in Wood (Woodcarving Illustrated Books)It's been a great book for me.I carved the wood spirit on the front cover.
Lora Irish make it easy to understand from start to finish. There are other
Pattern in the book that I can't wait to try.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evie on July 4, 2012
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I love this book! The directions and illustrations are clear and straightforward. The author steps you through the process of doing a relief carving ... from choosing the appropriate wood, recommended carving tools, through the carving process with one of the enclosed patterns, right up to the finishing process.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lrs on November 30, 2012
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A good one project "How To" book. I was looking for more general information on carving various wood spirit faces.
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By Luna Soliel on May 28, 2014
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Don't expect to get a plethora of faces in this book. There are maybe two and that's a stretch. Disappointing!
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By T. Childress on April 9, 2014
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I purchased this for a gift for my husband. The step by step tips and instructions are very helpful. So too are the patterns. He is still a beginner but with the help of this guide and others, I am sure he will be a pro in no time!
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