Stephen Myhre has drawn on techniques and styles from Pacific cultures, particularly the Maori. The result is a superb practical book the author calls a _skill base, a reliable set of practices that successfully produce bone carvings of great functional and aesthetic beauty. Bone Carving describes and illustrates the materials, tolls, and techniques and clearly explains every stage from bone selection and preparation to roughing out to final polishing and mounting. He also stresses the importance of good design, development of patience and the need for integrity in design and material. This is the best reference available on bone carving. 116 pages, paperback.