Learn more from Mary in her latest video: http://www.shopwoodworking.com/carving-a-shell-and-acanthus-leaf-design-download-t0378?lid=DFpwyt082713
Glen Huey says:
Woodworkers are visual people. Tell a woodworker how to do something, myself included, and you may have to tell them more than a couple times. If, however, you show a woodworker how things are done, once is often enough. (That’s why magazines use photos.)
I am particularly this way when it comes to woodcarving techniques. While I do believe that you have to put chisel to wood and get started, and that as you practice you will get better, it helps to have someone proficient at carving actually show you the way.
Woodcarving Techniques with Expert Mary May — The Linenfold Panel