How many times have you looked at a woodcarving project, wished you could make it, then backed away because it required some technique that was beyond you? You'll be surprised how your woodcarving world can expand with the addition of the invaluable tips you'll find in this collection. Seven of the best woodcarvers around show you some of their trickier creations, and then tell you how they made them. The first one is a sculpture called Diatoms, and it expresses a wonderfully imaginative vision of microscopic water plants in a flowing stream. It required a lot of different chiseling and gouging operations, from delicate dragonfly wings to a difficult hollowed-out fossil form. But all are within your reach, now that John Mignone has explained them. The same is true of carving lifelike human torsos. And intricate carved vases. And realistic facial likenesses in carvings of Larry Bird, Ted Williams, and Babe Ruth. Plus more secrets for improving your carvings of birds, using workholders, carving stone, and much more. 96 pages (all in color), 8 1/4 x 11 3/4.