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8 Finishing

Sky, clouds, trees, hedges, grass - textures to be made with carving tools. Then the finishing: oil, wax or varnish? I've kept my rendition of the church very simple, almost ethereal, but you must follow your own inclinations here.

Before you hang your carving (whether you frame it or not) definitely study this video: Hanging Relief Carvings.


| 04 March 2022 06:35

Thank you, Chris! The method I settled on was to sketch a rough pattern of the stones, remembering that hand-cut stones have irregular shapes and there's often plenty of mortar filling the gaps. Next, I lightly ran my veiner over the mortar lines. With a No 3 gouge, upside-down, I lightly rounded the stones and then made a final pass with the veiner on the mortar lines to clean up the rough edges. The surface is about 1/16th of an inch deep. Turned out great!

| 21 February 2022 12:09

Jared - Not as such, but here are some thoughts: .A lot depends on the the size of the 'stones' as to how much you separate them or the texturing on the surfaces.
You'll need to experiment. Start with pictures of the sort of stone wall you like and decide on the features that make it what it is, the irregular nature and scale of the stones. You can delineate individual stones, but are some more prominent than others? Do you want to make the stones more 3D than, say, bricks, which are flat? You might have to work small but at the end of the day you are trying to suggest a stone wall rather than make a jigsaw of stones, so less is no doubt more.

And most importantly, don't stint this exploratory stage and enjoy it; and don't go to your proper carving until you are happy you can get the effect you want!

| 18 February 2022 22:55

Working on a carving of my Victorian childhood home, I made a convincing shingle pattern with a veiner. But the foundation has me stumped. Chris, do you have any suggestions for how to texture a surface to mimic a stone wall?

| 07 January 2022 21:11

WOW. I learned a lot. Thanks, both of you.

| 23 January 2020 15:50

Lucas - Yes, I usually seal the wood all the way round, front, back and edges. However, because the back is against a wall, I normally seal that with a matt varnish and leave any oil or wax finish for the front, so no chance of marking the wall.

| 22 January 2020 19:34

Do you normally coat all the sides and back of the carving as well, with whatever you are finishing it with?

| 03 June 2019 16:21

Chris, a great lesson on giving the illusion of perception of depth. Awesome, love to see another one like this. This is a hard concept to grasp. You made it look easy. Thank you for the learning experience. I am glad I can go back and watch this again.

| 25 July 2015 16:02

Fantastic lesson in low relief carving Chris, in my opinion this one alone is worth the full years subscription!!Delighted to watch you in action. Will do my best to follow your example! Best wishes, Finbarr.

| 23 July 2015 15:42

Brilliant one this Chris. To obtain that much perspective illusion in only 6 or 7mm depth was an inspiration to watch. Carrie's close up work awesome. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope it raised a good contribution to the fund raising event.

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