Slight wear on front and back cover.
For the serious-minded beginner, the instructional content is well-organized, easy-to-follow, and very precise. The authors begin with the basics: what tools and appliances are necessary, what woods to use, instruction in the actual cutting of wood. There are chapters on how to translate your ideas into wood, how to design, trace or outline your project.
The various methods of practical carving are described: Incised, Pierced, and Chip Carving; Carving in the Round; Gothic Carving; Styles of carved ornament; etc.
Many specific projects are offered: from the simplest — Small boxes, Bread platters, Chests, Chairs and Stools — to the more complex — Tables, Cupboards and Cabinets, Beds, Sideboards, even Staircases, or for that matter, almost any item you can imagine in wood.
Authoritative, complete, and profusely illustrated with 1,146 working drawings and photographic examples, it contains a wealth of encyclopedic information. There is much here you couldn't find elsewhere.