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7th Grade

Shape - Wood Carving

February 19, 2018

While it's possible to carve into a variety of surfaces, wood carving remains popular since it's both practical and relatively simple to practice. To learn this art properly, though, you'll need to gather the right supplies and devote plenty of time to patient practice. The 7th grade does basically two different types of carving techniques:  chip carving and relief carving. Relief Carving is the most historically popular of its kind. This form was one of the very first used by ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians and Greeks.

  • Chip carving primarily relies on the use of knives, chisels, and hammers. You'll chip away at the wood little by little to create three-dimensional patterns on a wood board, but the back of the piece will remain flat.
  • Relief carving is the art of carving figures into a flat wooden panel. The image appears three-dimensional from the front, but the back remains flat. You'll need a variety of hand tools to complete a relief carving.

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