Product Description This comprehensive guide provides everything you'll need to know about carving soap! 26 step-by-step projects from simple carvings to elaborate soap sculptures Basic introduction provides instruction and methods for absolute beginners Sophisticated techniques come next, providing challenging methods for advanced carvers and artists Helpful advice such as how to choose the best carving soap and test soap for carving quality Learn how to create safe wooden carving tools that are ideal for children, as well as how to use them Complete Guide to Soap Carving provides everything you need to know about carving soap, from basic carving methods for beginners to sophisticated techniques for accomplished artists. This comprehensive guide also shows how to choose the best carving soap, and how to test soap for carving quality. Twenty-six step-by-step projects range from quick carvings to complex, elaborate soap sculptures. Fun and easy-to-learn, soap carving is an enjoyable craft for adults and a perfect craft for children, who won't need to handle sharp knives—this book shows how to make simple wooden carving tools that are safe for kids. Complete Guide to Soap Carving is also an ideal book for people who are tinkering with the idea of wood carving, but don't want to invest in the equipment just yet. Soap carving will help determine if carving is right for you—you'll learn basic cuts such as relief carving, caricature, carving in the round, and chip carving. "What a great book! . . . It has inspired me to get a bar and start carving away!"—VERNON DEPAUW, author and International Woodcarver's Congress (IWC) award winner Review If you are looking for some good, clean fun, soap carving may become your next obsession. Carving instructor and author Janet Bolyard uses inexpensive soap and some handmade tools to teach basic carving skills in a less intimidating way than traditional methods. With a new book out in September - "Complete Guide to Soap Carving" - Janet has made it her mission to encourage soap carving and inspire creativity in young and old alike.--Woodcraft Janet Bolyard's mission is to inspire you to be creative, have fun, and to keep the art of soap carving alive. --Carol Heppner "Leading Creative Pathways " From the Back Cover GOOD CLEAN FUN! DISCOVER THE FINE ART OF CARVING SOAP with this comprehensive guide. Fun and easy to learn, soap carving is both a perfect craft for beginners and an ideal practice medium for advanced carvers. Complete Guide to Soap Carving shows you everything you need to get started, from choosing and preparing soap to handling carving tools and making basic cuts. Woodcarving teacher Janet Bolyard provides 26 step-by-step projects that guide you through all major carving techniques, including caricature, relief, carving in the round, and even chip carving. Projects range from simple keepsakes to soap-on-a-rope figurines and sophisticated Thai soap flowers. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL SOAP CARVINGS! 26 step-by-step projects—from simple bathtub toys to elaborate soap sculptures Basic introduction to soap carving for absolute beginners Expert advice & sophisticated techniques for accomplished artists Learn carving techniques that will last a lifetime—caricature, relief, chip carving, carving in the round, and more "Janet Bolyard . . . has done much to promote soap carving amongst the younger crowd"—THE CARVERS' COMPANION "What a great book! . . . It has inspired me to get a bar and start carving away"—VERNON DEPAUW,AUTHOR AND INTERNATIONAL WOODCARVER'S CONGRESS (IWC) AWARD WINNER About the Author Janet Bolyard is a full time wood carver/sculptor. She owns and operates Janet Lee Carvings, LLC, and is a sales/instructor at WoodCraft in Chandler, Arizona.