|Project by Scultoro3||posted 06-29-2016 11:49 PM||6013 views||8 times favorited||33 comments|
I found a wonderful illustration of a covered bridge.I wanted to make a deep Bas-relief carving of it. Turning it sideways I could see three definite layers, background village, covered bridge and trees in the foreground. Whatever you wish to call them, I made three “blanks” of basswood 15” X 34” X 3/4”. I only included the wood I knew I would need in that layer. Keeping the layers separate let me carve more detail into each layer than if they were glued up before hand. I probably spent three months carving this scene and three months thinking about “what to cut before you cut”. The seams were a challenge. The seam btwn the bridge and the village was “masked” with a small dam or spillway. The dip in the road, get over it, it was the best I could figure to do. The frame is also basswood, chip carved and with corner medallions to hide the seams. I shoe polished the whole to seal it up and “tone it up” with those beautiful fades and gradations of tone in the carving and the border. This was an experiment. I consider it successfull. Look for more of this in the future.
-- Howard, Maryland USA