Band saw cutting your wood
Levels and layers with a relief pattern
Any relief pattern has areas within the design that fall at multiple depths in the wood. For this Greenman sample the nose is the highest area of the design, the mustache and beard fall below the nose, and the grape leaf falls even lower in the wood. To make the first stage of carving, called the rough out stage, easy you can divide your pattern into three to five simple levels and drop the
wood in each of those sections to a predetermined depth.
I mark the highest level – any area that will remain at the original wood surface during the rough out – as #1. The mid-ground levels become #2 and #3, and the deeper areas #4. This places the lowest point of the carving as level #5.
Learn more about Working with Levels.