How thick should wood be for relief carving?
Should never be deeper than 50% of the thickness of the wood. The thickness of your piece of wood limits the depth of your carving. If, for example, your wood panel is only 1” thick, then your carving will need to be low relief.
Is Pine Good for relief carving?
The great news is that pine is good for carving. Due to it being a softwood, it is best suited for Whittling, Carving in the Round, and even Relief Carving. However, because of its soft straight grained texture, pine wood is not suited for Chip Carving.
Does soaking wood make it easier to carve?
Does soaking wood make it easier to carve? Yes it does. This is because as wood soaks the fiber grains in the wood become increasingly flexible as its cells start to absorb water. Pros: It’s cheap, and easy.