Working in Levels – Mule Deer Relief Wood Carving Project
2 As you develop the different levels of a relief carving you can return to lower levels at any time to adjust their depth or to clean up some of the gouge marks. In this photo the v-gouge is used along the edges of two levels to create a clean break line.
By working the rough cut stage in levels you are grouping areas or elements that all fall at a particular point in the depth of the carving. All of the deer’s features fall behind the feathers, therefore it is easiest to carve the entire deer head as one unit below the level of the feathers.
Smoothing the Levels
1 Once each level’s rough cut work is complete the high ridges left from the large and small round gouge can be removed with the straight chisel. Drop the straight chisel close to the surface of the wood. The tool’s edge will shave thin slices.
Retracing the Pattern
Texturing the Arrowhead
3 Hold the large round gouge in an upright position and use a push stroke to cut stone chips along the outer edge of the arrowhead. Use minimum pressure to ensure that you do not deeply set the edge of the round gouge into the background area.