I completed all the carving work this weekend. I used a knife and gouges for all of the low relief carving and then I used a little cone sander to smooth it out and give it all a flowing look. Then I used a woodburner set very low to add shadows and definition to all the cuts. I don’t want it to look burned, just cleanly defined. In these pictures, I have sprayed the wood with water, to get an idea of how it will look with a finish on it. It does raise the grain a bit, which I will smooth back down, but it also lets me know if i need to add more definition with burning, paint, stain or finish. Will post more pictures as I progress!
-- Mike P., Arkansas, http://mikepounders.weebly.com