Lora Irish Books

Lora S Irish Books & Publications

 

Classic Carving Patterns – Our original wood carving, wood burning, and pattern website.
Art Designs Studio – Original, exclusive, and new patterns and line art by Lora S. Irish
LSIrish.comDesigns Online Since 1997! Free 0nline projects, tutorials, & step-by-steps

Trained as a Fine Artist at the University of Maryland, twelve of Lora Susan Irish’s pure breed dog oil paintings have been published as limited edition art prints. Her art has been featured on the front covers of “Doberman Quarterly” 1991, “Samoyed Quarterly” – all four issues of 1991, and “Shetland Sheepdog Quarterly” 1991 published by Hoflin Press.

She is the author of a series of woodcarving, pyrography, and craft pattern books.  Currently Lora has 32 publications in print.

Her first in-depth wood carving book is Classic Carving Patterns, published by Taunton Press, in 1999, publisher of “Fine Wood Working Magazine”.  Other popular craft and hobby titles including the Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Relief Carving Workshop, and The Art and Crafts of Pyrography,  and Classic Chip Carving published by Chipping Away, Inc.  All of Lora’s books are available at Amazon.com, the best price anywhere on the web.

L. S. Irish shared the Woodcarver of the Year – 2007 with Ed Gallenstein, editor and publisher of “Chip Chats Magazine”, for her support and teaching efforts in the wood carving community. Irish’s free online tutorials can be found here on her blog, LSIrish.com,  full of in depth step by step, how to free lessons on wood carving, woodburning, pyrography, and other great crafts.

Lora and her husband, Michael, took their home based art studio, Art Designs Studio established in 1984, to the Internet by creating CarvingPatterns.com in 1997 and continue to hold the copyright on this domain and all of the Works which it contains.  All images carrying the copyright of CarvingPatterns.com remain the sole property of Lora S. Irish.

Lora’s arts and crafts teachings can be found on her two websites. LSIrish.com has hundreds of pages of Free Online Tutorials and Projects.  ArtDesignsStudio.com, her  line art patterns and drawings site, features line art designs created exclusively by Lora for craters and artisans.  Lora S. Irish owns the copyright on all material related to these three websites.  ArtDesignsStudio.com, as of 2013, offers more than 2500 pattern in various subject categories, including North American Wildlife,  Celtic Knots,  Dragons and Mythological Beasts, Nautical and Sea Life, and So Much More! Lora continues to provide new patterns and new inspiration to many artists.

Working from her rural mid-Maryland home studio, Lora S. Irish is currently exploring new crafts and hobbies including wire bent link jewelry, metal sheet jewelry, piece patch and applique quilting, gourd carving, gourd pyrography, and leather crafts.

Books & Publications by Lora S. Irish

To name just a few favorites …

Wood Spirits & Green Men  
Wildlife  Carving in Relief
Chip Carving Workshop
Essentials Rib Basket Weaving
Wire-Wrapped Jewelry Techniques
Relief Carving Wood Spirits
Finishing Techniques for Wood Crafters
Crafting with Gourds
Landscape Pyrography Techniques & Projects
The Art of Spoon Carving
Cane Topper Wood Carving
Little Book of Pyrography

Art of Spoon Carving

Art of Spoon Carving

Art of Spoon Carving

Please share with your family, friends, and fellow spoon carvers on reddit, facebook, and twitter.

A few simple additions to your spoon carving project will make you work stand out from the crowd.

This right-handed stirring spoon, worked from a 1″ thick, 3″ wide, 12″ long basswood blank, features a small scroll line and leave design that has been relief carved with gentle roll-over edges.

To make the relief designs snap off the spoon handle a 3/8″ round gouge was used to texture the background area behind the scroll and leaves.  Cut very shallow gouge marks that follow the grain of the handle.

Ears on either side of the top of the spoon bowl add a little extra touch to the joint area where the bowl transitions into the handle.

This wonderful Holiday present is perfect for any chief in your family and takes only one or two evenings of carving to create.

Learn more about spoon carving in the Art of Spoon Carving by Lora S. Irish.

 

 

 

The Art of Spoon CarvingWood carving is coming back into style, and making kitchen utensils is among the easiest ways to learn the craft. This beautifully illustrated guide by master woodcrafter Lora S. Irish teaches the basics of wooden spoon carving.

Perfect for beginners, the book presents 12 step-by-step projects that illustrate a variety of historic carving styles.
A selection of mix-and-match patterns offer suggestions for creating dozens of unique designs for spoons and other implements — forks, ladles, dippers, spatulas, knives, pie servers, and scoops. In addition to clear, detailed directions accompanied by helpful drawings, inspiring photographs illustrate decorative ideas for using the carved spoons in kitchen wreaths, centerpieces, and other ornaments.

A great gift for crafters seeking a new hobby, this book is loaded with stylish designs for handmade treasures.

“Incredible full color photographs detail each step in creating this classic art-form. Learn what you need to know about carving sets, knives, and what type of wood is best to start out with. You are going to love The Art of Spoon Carving. Get a copy today.” — Texas Kitchen and Garden and More”

 

Art of Spoon Carving

Click on the free image below for a full-sized printable pattern.free Lora S Irish free spoon carving pattern

books by Lora S Irish

The Art of Spoon Carving and Leather Burning

NEW POST

Painting a Color Wheel for Pyrography, Gourd Art, and Wood Carving
Painting a Color Wheel  Pyrography, Gourd Art, Wood Carving

Learn how easy it is to mix a full range of tonal values, pure hues, and color shading using just 8 paint colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, white, and black.
Project includes a free Lora S. Irish pattern.
Please SHARE with your family, friends, and fellow crafters !!!!

TWO NEW BOOKS!

Yes, I’m shouting … and jumping up and down with joy!

I would never have imagined back in 1995 when I sent my first manuscript, Classic Carving Patterns, to Taunton Press that today I would be holding the 27th and 28th carving-pyrography-pattern books in my hands.

My sincerest thanks to each and every Lora S. Irish reader and fan for allowing me to enjoy such a wonderful career as an author and crafts woman.

The Art of Spoon CarvingThe Art of Spoon Carving
Discover why I carve spoons!

Wood carving is coming back into style, and making kitchen utensils is among the easiest ways to learn the craft. This beautifully illustrated guide by master woodcrafter Lora S. Irish teaches the basics of wooden spoon carving. Perfect for beginners, the book presents 12 step-by-step projects that illustrate a variety of historic carving styles.

A selection of mix-and-match patterns offer suggestions for creating dozens of unique designs for spoons and other implements — forks, ladles, dippers, spatulas, knives, pie servers, and scoops. In addition to clear, detailed directions accompanied by helpful drawings, inspiring photographs illustrate decorative ideas for using the carved spoons in kitchen wreaths, centerpieces, and other ornaments. A great gift for crafters seeking a new hobby, this book is loaded with stylish designs for handmade treasures.

Art of Leather Bu7rning

Art of Leather Burning
New Lora S. Irish Book

Legendary wood and leather crafter Lora Susan Irish focuses solely on leather pyrography techniques and projects for the first time in this book. She presents instructions for a dozen easy-to-make projects, including jewelry, wallets, journals, and belts, in a spectacular array of patterns ranging from American West and Celtic motifs to wildlife and tattoo-inspired imagery. The completed projects are perfect for gift-giving or personal use.

Moving from tools and supplies to pyrography and leather crafting basics; pattern techniques; leather selection; and the projects themselves, the book includes detailed, step-by-step directions with full-color photographs. Sidebars and tips offer helpful hints. This invaluable guide is ideal for experienced crafters as well as those who wish to acquire leather-crafting and leather-burning skills.

Browse the full listing of Lora S. Irish books.

free Lora Irish patterns

The Art of Leather Burning Book

It’s Here!  And your free pattern package is at the bottom of this post.

Art of Leather Burning
New Lora S. Irish Book
January 2017
Art of Leather Bu7rning Art of Leather Burning
Legendary wood and leather crafter Lora Susan Irish focuses solely on leather pyrography techniques and projects for the first time in this book. She presents instructions for a dozen easy-to-make projects, including jewelry, wallets, journals, and belts, in a spectacular array of patterns ranging from American West and Celtic motifs to wildlife and tattoo-inspired imagery. The completed projects are perfect for gift-giving or personal use.

Moving from tools and supplies to pyrography and leather crafting basics; pattern techniques; leather selection; and the projects themselves, the book includes detailed, step-by-step directions with full-color photographs. Sidebars and tips offer helpful hints. This invaluable guide is ideal for experienced crafters as well as those who wish to acquire leather-crafting and leather-burning skills.

One of those wonderful boxes arrived in the studio this week containing my newest book – The Art of Leather Burning.

See me jumping up and down, screaming with delight!!!  This year we, Michael and I, celebrate our 20th year on the web, our 20th year of sharing our love for the crafts with you, and my 20th year as a carving, pyrography, and craft book author!  This new book, number 28, is just the icing on the cake for us.  For the complete listing, please visit our Books page.

 

FREE PATTERN PACK ALERT!

Try it before you buy it!
Enjoy this free pattern pack from
our wood carving, pyrography, and craft patterns website, ArtDesignsStudio.com

Wildlife Cameo
Free Pattern Pack 2017

How to Download
Step-by-step text file instructions

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Art Styles of Pyrography E-Book

My newest e-book, Art Styles of Pyrography, is finally ready at my pattern website, Art DesignsStudio.com, and I am so excited!

Styles of Pyrography by Irish

This e-book, Art Styles of Pyrography, focuses on the basic techniques and styles used to create our wood burnings. Enjoy the 15 in-depth projects as you learn black and white silhouettes, cross hatching, engraving, pointillism, graduated pencil-like shading, texture painting, and realism. 190 page PDF E-Book only $16.95!

Plus you get the 83-step in-depth Advertising Barn project, a large realistic landscape with close-up hand positions and pen tip profile photos.

Easy to See, Easier to Print

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Click on the image to see the photo size for each project page.

Each project page features full-page sized photos! So you can see every burned stroke, every shaded line, and every fine detail. The Blue Jeans photo, right, is one sample of a project page and the web does not do the PDF format image justice!

Honestly, the images are so large, clear, detailed, and easy to follow in this PDF format e-book that I believe it is the future for any pyrography book!

The Table of Contents and Project Gallery is listed so that you can easily print just those pages you need to complete your project.

Explore the art styles you can use in your wood burning.

art styles of pyrography by Lora Irish

Learn black-and-white silhouettes, negative and positive space, engraving, cross hatching, pointillism, shaded drawing, texture painting, and realism.

Create a texture and stroke pattern practice board.

complete texture board

Want to learn more?  Click here to see Art Styles in Pyrography, or order now through our line art pyrography and wood carving pattern site, Art Designs Studio.


Check out our new E-Project Bundles!

Ceremonial Mask Pyrography by Irish Ceremonial Mask E-Project Bundle includes two in-depth PDF format e-books – Introduction to Pyrography and Ceremonial Mask Pyrography Project.  The same full-page sized photos, and step by step instructions for the Ceremonial Mask and the Feathered Border project.  Plus you get three complete pattern packs – Fun Wood Spirits, Green Men, and Ceremonial Mask.  A $52 value for only $27.95.

Lion Portrait Pyrography by IrishAnimal Portrait Pyrography E-Project Bundle includes two in-depth PDF format e-books – Introduction to Pyrography and Animal Portrait Pyrography.  Three step-by-step projects with full-page sized photos for the Lion, Cougar, and Cow Portrait burnings.  Plus you get three complete pattern packs – North American Wildlife, North American Big Cats, and Western Horses Mantel.  A $52 value for only $27.95.

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