Traditional methods work best
Synopsis: Many woodworkers might wish to incorporate carving into a furniture design, but they shy away, fearing it would involve far too much time. Rick Bütz writes that if a relief carving is approached with a sense of purpose and organization, the work can be done by hand with surprising speed and efficiency, and be fun, too. He defines relief carving and explains basic carving steps. He discusses sharpening, taking the finish off a handle to prevent blisters, and how to carve a traditional design that offers practice in all areas of carving. Many photos show the tools necessary, the grip, and each stage of carving — outlining, the background, and modeling.
From Fine Woodworking #13
Relief carving has been around for a very long time. Exactly how long nobody is really certain, although archeologists agree that it predates written history. However, it was not until the 17th and 18th centuries…