We finish off setting in with a technique that has many applications to other carvings. Seriously, this is one of the best things you can learn... Master what I've called the High Angle grip to make the best of what I'm showing you here. You'll find a demonstration of this grip in the 'Grip Series'.
At the same time we finish the relief carving itself, which is essentially just an outline.
| 17 January 2022 17:36
Azucena - That's an interesting question and to be honest I don't know the answer - I've certainly never done it.
I'm not sure, either, how it would help. Warping happens when one side of the board dries out and shrinks more that the other - the 'pull' to warp is from the shrinking side. I have, however, let in batons across the grain with a dovetail housing joint on large reliefs rather like treating the board like a table top, and that has helped.
But what are your thoughts here?
For anyone else reading this:
Attempts to prevent warping would be to use quarter-sawn timber, the most stable, and, failing that, carve on the surface nearer the centre of the tree, which puts any warping edges towards the wall. And then sealing the board both sides will help too.
| 17 January 2022 08:15
Hi Chris, would you recommend making some relief cuts on the backside of the plaque to help prevent warping since it will be outside? If so, would you make cuts with the grain or across the grain? Thanks! Azucena