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5 Cavo Relievo part 2

After creating the outline, we can turn to the carving itself.

Although in other circumstances you can make a lot more of the carving, here I keep it quite flat, low relief. If the paddle is used, it will slide in and out of the oven on the carved face, so you don't want anything protruding ...

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| 12 November 2015 08:04

Doug - Manyl things add to that (desirable) shadow: it's a narrow, deep groove; it's a dark wood when oiled; when you oil cross or torn grain, as in the walls of the groove, the wood always goes darker; good cross light. Have a go and see for yourself - you'll be hard pressed to keep the outline light!

| 11 November 2015 20:21

Doug Buffalo/. 11/11/2015I love the flower but for the life of me I don't understand how you made the outline of the flower look so very dark. It was dark before you put the oil in it.
How did you do it?

| 26 January 2015 17:45

Chris, Thanks, I'm pleased to say, didn't see the Pizza !

| 26 January 2015 13:50

Dermot - There's only one flower, and one board - flat. All others are optical illusions!

| 25 January 2015 16:50

Chris, is the carving of the flower ( 3.00 mins in) the same carving you sand at the end (6.37 Mins in) ? I'm not sure if it's an illusion but the flower 3.00 minutes in, looks as if it's in the concave curve of a bowl , where as the flower sanded and cleaned at 6.37 appears below the flat of the board as you explain at the beginning? The completed paddle is amazing. Thanks.

| 28 June 2014 08:48

Dan - That's a good question! Effectively the deep outline separates the subject from the background, Here's the thing: we then carve the subject more or less AS IF we had removed the surrounding background altogether - though obviously we can't undercut at the outer edges (as you would without the background). The flower and bee here are 2 distinct subjects and, without the background, we'd of course carve them as 2 subjects. But if we put the bee on the flower we'd have ONE subject: bee-on-flower. So the deep line goes round the whole thing now and we carve as we would if we'd removed the background - as one subject Hope that's clear - it's what the deep line represents or how it functions that's important. Have a look at Egyptian wall reliefs; they invented it...

| 27 June 2014 21:19

Howdy Mr. Chris, Suppose, instead of a separate bee and flower you put the bee partially over the flower. Then when you outline the bee/flower, do you use the deep line to separate them from one another as well as delineate the outline? Thanks, dan

| 06 June 2012 07:18

Richard - We add new lessons every month, posting around the 20th and listed in the 'Recent Lessons' page - access from 'About' tab. Carrie also flags up new lessons (and what's in the offing) in the Member's Bulletin sent out the same time.

| 05 June 2012 20:31

Enjoyed watching the all the videos, will you be posting some new ones soon? Warm Regards, Rich (USA)

| 12 March 2012 16:26

Fred - Yes, I've heard that about vegetable oil too and no doubt it can. However, our experience is that we've never noticed it! And you do have to use an edible oil, not linseed ,say. Mineral oil is an odourless alternative if you want to realy play safe... I used Iroko for the paddle, which has its own oils and I'm sure that helps - only a little oil is needed to keep the wood 'fresh'.

| 22 December 2011 07:17

hi chris realey good lesson cheese board next j page

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