In this second lesson for how-to high relief carve and wood burn a Flying Canada Goose free project we will focus on the rough cut stage of wood carving, basic steps to shaping a level, and how to create a high relief undercut using a bench knife into your basswood plaque. This project is divided into five chapters, please visit each of the free lessons below.
Cut one of your detail patterns along the level’s outlines. Using a small piece of graphite paper, fit each pattern piece onto its level and trace the detail lines of the design. We will carve many of these lines away as the shaping work is done but for me it is easier to trace all of the lines then to try a determine which lines I will or will not need for these next steps.
To open the space between each wing feather tip I am using a three-stroke chip cut. Make a cut along one outer edge of a feather tip, slanting your bench knife towards the center v-shape area that you are removing.
To lower that v-shaped area to the background level I chose my u-gouge.