Walk past a piece of furniture with surface carving, and the light dances on and off the carved surface, creating highlights and shadows that are in motion from every vantage point. That's the allure of carving for Michael Cullen, who uses it on his furniture. Drawing inspiration from the world around him, he favors simple, repetitive patterns that mimic raindrops, ripples in the sand, and plant leaves. Here, he explains the right tools, techniques, and patterns to use when adding carving to a piece of furniture.

from Fine Woodworking #221