A person can spend a lot of time on a carving, but after the final cut with your chisel,
you don’t really know what all of the chiseling you’ve done really looks like.
You have to choose a finish that will enhance your carving.
On some carvings I use a stain, others, just a clear finish, it all depends on the theme, or type of wood you’re using.
I’ve chosen some images of my mining scene to show you the difference of before, & after.
This is the carving before staining. It doesn’t look that great.
This is with one coat of stain. I used a lighter stain for the background.
Notice how some of the detail starting to stand out.
This one is from a little different light source.
Here is the completed carving, frame, & all.
Some day I’m going to take this down, & brush on a matte finish.
I’ve discovered that a carving with a glossy finish destroys some of shadows,
& shadows are the main asset to a relief carving.
This is my first try with Widgets.
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