Getting a good, overall shape of the tree and trunk is important - on this we lay the leaves and bark, which are essentially surface details. The tree won't look good flat, so we turn it into a sort of fluffy cloud first. Then, when the leave go in, the tree looks full and, well, tree-like. The banner too needs to be separated and angled down.
| 22 November 2020 18:55
Cecil - Your other questions:
Mobile phone format: There are so many platforms and devices out there into which to fit this website! Our webteam assure us that we are doing the best possible to satisfy everyone. There will be something clickable somewhere on your phone to make this page full screen?
Relief carving depth: There is no hard and fast rule. A relief carving by definition has the depth element compressed (otherwise it would be 'in the round'). In the low relief projects on Woodcarving Workshops, 'low relief' is around 3-6mm but if the design were huge, the depth could be 10 times this and still classed as low relief.
Hope this helps!
| 22 November 2020 18:14
Cecil - Bottom line, a chisel is dead flat. You can't use it to smooth a surface unless that surface is convex to so extent, otherwise the corners are continually digging in. A 'flat' (#3) gouge is very slightly curved, as flat as you get without the tool being a chisel, so not actually 'flat'. You'll use a flat gouge for smoothing over a surface while keeping its corners from tearing up the wood, among other things.
I would add that, really, the only time I use a true chisel is when I'm lettering. If you are not lettering, there's little reason to have chisels over gouges.
| 21 November 2020 22:47
Hello again. Could you say when does one use a flat gouge or chisel. Thanks.
| 21 November 2020 22:45
Hi. Class is very good so far. However the video format is so small for my phone. Is there anyway I can make the pic larger.
What is the usual depth of a low relief carving? And how thick a wood are you using for the carvings?
Thanks. Could you please respond to my email.
| 12 February 2015 18:37
Maor - It's Limewood (Tilia spp.)
| 04 February 2015 19:46
What type of wood used
It is very soft wood
| 29 March 2013 20:41
Greg - Don't do it! Bench chisels are a different species of tool and function in a fifferent way to carving tools. I strongly'd invest in a couple of flat carving gouges and keep the bench chisels for what they are really good at: flat faces and joints.
| 29 March 2013 03:35
I am just starting out with my chisel collection and I mostly have mid and high swept gouges at the moment. What are your thoughts / perceived pitfalls with using bench chisels for carving?