One of the world's most notable folk artists, Harley Refsal has been decorated by the King of Norway for his pioneering contributions to Norwegian folk art, particularly flat-plane figure carving. A Professor Emeritus of Scandinavian Folk Art, he shares his expertise with thousands of carvers in courses and presentations across North America. Harley was featured in a PBS Craft in America episode, appeared as guest woodcarver on Prairie Home Companion, and was honored as Woodcarver of the Year by Woodcarving Illustrated magazine. In this book, Harley shows you how to carve and paint engaging folk-art caricatures in the classic Scandinavian style. Carving Flat-Plane Style Caricatures presents more than 50 imaginative figure patterns for you to carve-from lumberjacks and golfers to trolls and elves. Join internationally recognized woodcarver Harley Refsal as he shows how to carve charming caricatures in the traditional flat-plane style. Once you try it you'll be hooked by this distinctive style of figure carving, in which large flat areas called "planes" are deliberately left intact. There's no smoothing, rounding, sculpting, or sanding here. Each simple finished piece merely implies detail-and says more by carving less. Discover how to carve and paint both a humorous folksy character and a colorful toy horse, with step-by-step photos and detailed instructions. Carving Flat-Plane Style Caricatures presents more than 50 imaginative figure patterns for you to carve-from lumberjacks and golfers to trolls and elves. Front and side-view patterns show you how to achieve success with just one knife and a few simple, well-placed cuts. You'll be delighted with the way these figures come to life with an engaging, folk-art personality.