Cross & Flame 8-1/2" x 12" Basswood Board
This "Cross & Flame" pattern was collaborative effort, involving several people and many "Test Carves" that took me back to the drawing board (okay, CAD Program) more times normal. This Ready-to-Carve(tm) product is now very "carvable", but there are a few challenges that require patience, such as the "Flower Bursts" spreading out from the center point where the cross pieces overlap. The wood that remains, especially where the cuts run cross-grain, can be very fragile. The carver should be certain his/her knife is very sharp, especially at the tip. The slightest "burr" at the tip of the blade will pull, rather than cut through, the wood, leaving behind jagged wood (at best) or, tiny wood chips that are no longer attached the the best.