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    This is my first relief carving and close to being done. I used knives, Dremel, even a drill to get this far. It is out of butternut, and let me say I now have the utmost respect for relief carvers, a lot harder than I thought it would be, but a lot of fun as well. It is a pond scene with a bass chasing a frog, a catfish, turtle, and some smaller fish hidden around and in the fallen trees. 2 Lilly pads are on top of the water line with ducks landing near by. On the right beneath the oaks is a buck bedded down with a water wheel and old mill in the center. This is the first time I ever tried anything such as this and has been a real learning experience.
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    Last edited by Claude; 01-13-2017, 08:58 PM. Reason: Corrected typos

  • #2
    Wow! Amazing detail!

    Claude
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    • #3
      That's really impressive! I see some bark on the edges. Is this a cross grain slice of the butternut tree trunk? If so, it's even more amazing to do a relief in the end grain. An interesting design - really tells a story.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pallin View Post
        That's really impressive! I see some bark on the edges. Is this a cross grain slice of the butternut tree trunk? If so, it's even more amazing to do a relief in the end grain. An interesting design - really tells a story.
        Good eye it is a cross grain slice of butternut . I have no idea what I am doing, why is it amazing to do a releif in the end grain? I was thinking this wood was too soft and that a piece if redoak would have had better detail???

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        • #5
          No, a piece of red oak would be much harder and would not hold details as well as butternut. Actually a lot of intricate carving has been done in end grain. It is the way woodcuts or wood engravings were made, but the objective was a surface that would be rolled with ink to transfer the image to paper. I wouldn't suggest trying that with your relief.

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          • #6
            A great job. A crazing amount of detail.
            . . .JoeB

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            • #7
              Wonderful detail in your first relief carving, job very well done
              Bruce

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              • #8
                Agree with scotia carver, 'wonderful detail' pretty ambitious for a first relief carving. I think my first was a 8" x 10" black bear hanging onto a tree trunk pretty basic. Looking forward to seeing what you relief carve next! Your twisted snake sticks are just super.

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                • #9
                  WOW! You really jumped into the pool head first! That was a massive undertaking for a first project, but I must say you did a masterful job! It's darn near flawless! The detail is beyond words! I hope you will show us some color photos once you have a finish on it!
                  Keep On Carvin'
                  Bob K.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bob K. View Post
                    WOW! You really jumped into the pool head first! That was a massive undertaking for a first project, but I must say you did a masterful job! It's darn near flawless! The detail is beyond words! I hope you will show us some color photos once you have a finish on it!
                    Thanks, I allways say if your gunna be a bear be a grizzly, lol I will post Picts when done, not going to add color

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                    • #11
                      No. Butternut has a beautiful grain. I would just give it a clear (poly or lacquer) finish with a good coat of wax.
                      Keep On Carvin'
                      Bob K.

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                      • #12

                        The final finish of this piece will present some problems. Since the front of this relief is end grain, it will absorb a lot of whatever you apply. This will tend to darken the surface - maybe more than you would like. I suggest that you apply a sealer - perhaps a thinned down version of the polyacrylic - and let it dry thoroughly to see what darkening occurs. It may absorb unevenly, so you may have to touch up areas that appear dull.

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                        • #13
                          Excellent work! Very impressive. I agree with Pallin, the end grain will present a challenge to finish. His suggestion is a good one, but I would use a couple of light coats of spray poly.
                          Arthur

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                          • #14
                            Wow, this is so cool. Great detail and very fine work.... well done.
                            ~ Dwight
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                            • #15
                              What a great "first" of what I hope will be many of your relief carvings. Great detail.
                              From Missouri

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