"Emphasizing the natural-approach that has become so popular in the wildlife-carving community, world champion woodcarver Rick Beyer explains in painstaking detail every step in achieving realistic sculptures with both hard and soft woods. Assuming no previous experience on your part, he includes coverage of: Proper tools and wood types to use for specific pieces; Fish anatomy, fin movement, and attack positions; Traditional and power-tool carving techniques, with guidelines for bit sizes and tool specifications; The use of paints to create the subtle effects of texture and movement; Concepts of design and balance, and how to mount a completed work in a realistic fish habitat; Carving supply sources. To aid in the detailing of your carvings, Beyer provides numerous close-up photographs and work-in-progress techniques for obtaining special effects. He even furnishes project plans with which to test your newly acquired skills." Chapters include:- Getting started; Selecting wood; Fish anatomy; Carving a bluegill; Carving trout; Carving painted perch; Mounting the fish.