Learn how to carve wood
I have been carving for several years and have amassed a number of books on the subject, but when a friend lent me a copy of "How to Carve Wood" I was immediately impressed by the clarity with which the author, Richard Butz, put across his message.
Text books can be tedious but this one is a pleasure to read. so much so that I asked for a copy as a Christmas present and have enjoyed reading it anew and using the designs to produce very pleasing results: In particular the carved plaques and other low relief items, the miniature caricatures and chip carvings and most of all his bird carving.
If you are a beginner or a seasoned carver ther is something for you in this book