Learn to carve the architectural ornaments that adorn mantles, seat backs, archways, and more with this skill-building guide. Beginning with simple exercises, such as carving with and against the grain, and moving on to more advanced exercises, such as carving swoops, swirls, and rosettes, the author guides you through the process each step of the way. By working your way through the entire book, you will have the skills to carve architectural ornaments with confidence and style. Woodcarver and author Kurt Koch takes you through a carefully selected progression of carving activities, each aimed at teaching a different technique. You'll begin with easy activities, like cutting with and against the grain, before moving on to more sophisticated methods, like carving a floral banner. The step-by-step instructions ensure that these techniques will be learned and applied properly, meaning you'll get the results you want when you take on these projects. With Koch's expert advice on woodcarving techniques, you'll be able to handle any architectural carving job with competence and confidence. You'll be inspired to add new embellishments to frames, doors, chairs, and much more.