Onward, Christian woodcarvers! Learn to express your faith through wood with relief carving projects inspired by Scripture. They make great gifts and are perfect for selling at your church fair or online. First, you will learn the basics of relief carving. Then, you will follow the author, step-by-step, as he demonstrates how to carve a house-blessing, which features a cross with a descending dove. As you traverse through the project and examine the motivation behind numerous carvings, you will learn to carve with skill and intent. Inside the chapters, you'll find the following: instructions on how to create a house-blessing with a dove and cross; an overview of woodcarving tools and safety; case studies and example carvings that show the motivation, design, and approach of the piece; and more. Chapters include: *Theory of Relief *Basic Workspace *Tools and Cuts *Carving a House-Blessing Step-by-Step *Ready-to-Use Patterns *Business of Inspirational Relief Carving. Author William Judt, a Lutheran pastor and professional woodcarver, offers a range of ways to compose your carvings. He details carving a house-blessing sign in its entirety, using clear text and beautiful photographs to explain hundreds of techniques. The sections on workshop safety, design, technique, and tools are succinct and well-written, suitable for people of all skill levels. There are several patterns included as well as case studies that discuss the inspirations and creative processes behind four of Judt's works. He also includes recommendations for marketing one's work. Many carvers see their skill as a unique gift, and this style of relief carving will definitely pique their interest. From relief carving theory to fundamental cuts and tool overview, no element has been overlooked. So don't wait--combine your love of God and craft into a pastime that will be meaningful to you.