My First Relief Carving

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I have been wanting to try my hand at relief carving for several years now, so I decided to do a relief carving for my Mom’s birthday. Here is my first attempt at it. I learned a good deal on this project and hopefully will do better on my next one.


-- We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. C.S. Lewis

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 03:06 AM

That’s a mighty fine relief carving, Shane. I wish that I was that good.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 04:07 AM

Very, very nice Shane, especially for a first try. This looks like something an experienced carver would do. Beautiful job… and wonderful sentiment. She is going to love and cherish this I’m sure.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 06:00 AM


Wonderful! Especially good for a first try. Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 08:50 AM

Hey Shane, I like this, there is a lot of 3D detail, great for a 1st go
I’ll keep an eye out for the next one

What size is it? timber? & finish?

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 09:44 AM

Great 1st attempt and great results!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 12-20-2010 11:57 AM

this is fantastic.
Better give Mom some tissues as well.. there will be tears.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 12-20-2010 12:36 PM

She’ll love it. Be sure to write an inscription on the back with your name and your mom’s name, her birthday and the date it was made. I’m sure this will be in her treasures that she’ll pass on some day. I’ve still got the cedar chest my mother kept all the treasures that I and my brothers made for her over the years. India ink or graphite (pencil) will last the longest.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 12-20-2010 03:48 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliments and encouragement. I took the picture with my iphone while it was sitting on our kitchen bar and noticed the picture did not come out real well. Like our counter top is not blue so I was a little concerned it wouldn’t look right.

@Peter—the wood is basswoood; it is 11” long x 7.5” tall. The finish is ebony stain that I sanded back down to distress it and then finished it with honey maple poly. I still have to sand the finish coat before giving it to Mom. Some of the poly gathered in the 3D parts.

@Hal—I did sign the back and marked that it was for her birthday and signed today’s date. The only thing I didn’t do was use her name. Think it would be a good idea to go back and do that?

Thanks again for all the comments.

-- We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. C.S. Lewis

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#9 posted 12-20-2010 03:53 PM

Great job!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#10 posted 12-20-2010 03:54 PM

She will love it.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 06:43 AM

Shane you not only did a fine job on your relief aspect you also did a great job on your architectural lettering
Your on your way, you’ve got off to a great start.Look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#12 posted 04-29-2011 10:26 PM

Keep going on that special place in your mind and enjoy in your work
Beautiful work

-- Ivan Ilic

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