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1 Introduction

The Fleur-de-Lis (or Fleur-de-Lys) is a really old image/symbol, going way back to the 1300's and used principally since then by the French royalty. Forget the scouts! and look up it's fascinating history on Wikipedia.

There are many variations of the image; I have chosen a simple one that also make a good beginner's project. There are 3 technical things that you need to keep in mind as you carve and here we have a good chance to practise them.

Additionally, we'll go in depth into the 'paper sandwich' method of holding down work. This is a relief carving with a variable surface and edge, and no background, so would be difficult to hold otherwise. 'Paper sandwich' is my own term for this way of holding more delicate work; the paper sandwich itself has been around for a very long time. Not as far as the 1300's, for sure, but well into the Victorian era...

As always, we'll start at the beginning:

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