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    I got into relief carving by chance. The instructor I wanted at the Woodcarver's Rendezvous was full. I knew of John Engler's reputation as a painter so decided to sign up with him. I got two things from this session. First, I found that I enjoy relief carving and, second, that I love the way watercolor works on my carvings.

    The relief carvings I have been doing are on 1" boards. I carve the deepest part to 1/2". Is this deep are shallow relief and where is the dividing line?
    Paul Guraedy
    Whooping Hollow Woods
    Alpena, ARkansas

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    Re: Deep and Shallow Relief

    I could be wrong on this one, Paul, but it's my understanding that deep or high relief is defined by at least part of the carving standing proud of the background. Now, how much depth is required to achieve this is another question.



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