RELIEFS

Beautify your home with artistic piece of nature.

We are not afraid of the challenges of difficult reliefs.

Relief is considered to be relatively easy matter to make, but is it really so? Definitely not. Simple relief isn’t actually a difficult thing, but if there is a request to put into low relief a perspective of buildings and trees and to maintain the system of natural layering of scene, we realize that making a relief can be difficult. That goes for landscapes, figures, animals and also faces which are relatively hard to transfer from photo to wood in a way that the final work is similar to the original. The most difficult is making relief of young woman’s face or child’s face. In this section about relief carving we will talk more generally, and we will deal more with lines of architecture and landscape, than anatomy and ornament.

Wooden carved pictures

When we make relief, we can compress space almost into area. When we make and architectural carving, we can omit some non-essential details. That is not the case with relatively descriptive photograph. With carving, simplifications and stylization are allowed or even unnecessary. We also must be aware of deformation of the picture, that in case of photographs – mainly in widescreen formats – is the result of bending straight lines.

The carved picture should be done without “lens” distortion. Today we have an advantage of relatively easy editing possibilities of original pictures in photographic computer editors, but the editing can be done even after redrawing.

The layering of zones must be logical, which means that we first select layers and depth to which we will excavate in each part of carving. This task is very important, because we can thus specify the space of the picture, and with thoughtful planning we can save a lot of work and disappointment caused by unsatisfactory result. We try to keep the number of basic carving layers to five at maximum. We work evenly on the whole area, we make technically precise cuts, which means without unnecessary cuts and tore out material. These deep cuts, which are visible even after making the final clean cut, represent very common mistakes.

In carving it is very difficult to portrait fire, glass, subtle objects in foreground (small pole), water, thin hair, vegetation (thin bushes and trees), and some structures. Making of some relief carvings requires wearing textile gloves. They are mostly white or cream-colored, and some level of dirtiness is visible on them. Gloves are here used not to protect hands, but the relief. Hands are sweating when working, and the carving lines are marked with pencil. This combination can cause dirtiness of white wood that is hard to clean. So when we want to maintain cleanness of the surface of the wood, gloves are necessary.

You can see what we made so far in our gallery.

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