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    Relief Carving

    These are the first two relief carvings I've ever done...they are two 10" X 12" plaques ...Since I didn't know what I was doing I just kept it simple...Any advice would be welcomed. I would like to do a landscape but I'm not sure I know how to tackle that? Click image for larger version. 

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    Steve - I will but you in the category of Norman Rockwell. Getting "expression" on the subjects face it a special talent.

    I cannot help you. I can certainly learn from you.

    What amazing work. I love the Girl Relief - spectacular.

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    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Polk around this thread. You will find some excellent instruction from Lora Irish.

    Some say the land of milk and honey; others say the land of fruits and nuts. All together my sort of heaven.

    Power is not taken. It is given. Who have you given yours to? Hmmmm?

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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Very nice Steve.
    I like your family theme
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Thanks Carol...I found her home blog.

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    Thanks Leo...I had to study this for a while before I took any wood out...It was a lot harder then I thought....When you have to shorten the dept up somehow it becomes harder for me....I give a lot of praise to the relief carvers...In my mind's eye that's not an easy medium especially when you have a lot of things going on in the picture...Maybe it's easier then I think, maybe it's just that I don't get it?....I hope there is a simpler way to do this that I'm not seeing....I think that this is where not having a background in art probably hurts me.

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    Back at you Bob!

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    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Well Steve you should sure do more, that's my take because those are cool

    What you've done there would fall into the high relief category I think. I've only done a few relief works that weren't nearly as nice and more in the low relief category.

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    From the looks of those, you don't need a lot of advice. They are great. And family keepsakes to boot.
    But, you choose one of the most difficult methods there is to create those. An inset relief is a bugger. DAMHIK. Relieving the image from a flat board is much more easier. What you did prevents getting tools under the edges, very hard way to go. My advice, FWIW, is stick with quality basswood and remove what is not the relieved figures you want. First two? I know experienced carvers who can't do as well. As far as landscape is concerned, just pick yer scene, pencil it onto the wood and go for it. I have the most difficulty with clouds. Suggest practicing those on scrap wood.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Thanks Ryan....I may need to practice some before I try a landscape....I'm not sure how to do the leaves on a tree?

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