10" - 3D Illusion Pattern on Plain Edge Flat Basswood Plate
This design was the first one developed into a Ready-to-Carve preprinted pattern on wood. If you have carved this design in the past (before December 2020), you will probably notice three improvements (all based on customer feedback); 1) The 32 sets of narrow curved cut lines in center section have been changed to 16 sets of straight lines spaced twice as far apart toward the outer edge. You'll find it much more satisfying to carve. 2) The whole pattern was reduced in size by about 2%, making the outside edge easier to see and to carve without "busting out" the wall of chips at the very outside edge. 3) Cut Marks (small dots) have been added to answer the question - "How do I know which chips to remove when getting started?".
History of this Ready-to-Carve piece: I was asked to write an article on the design and layout of this pattern, as well as carving and finishing tips, for Woodcarving Illustrated Magazine (Issue 78, Spring 2017). I was at the Charlotte, NC Woodcarvers Club Show the weekend it was arriving in subscribers mailboxes, so it was natural for many carvers to stop by my booth to say congratulations and chat a while. What wasn't expected was the numerous requests for a printed pattern that could be transferred onto a 10" Flat, Plain Edge Basswood Plate. I didn't offer to provide one because of the extreme accuracy that wood be required of the person attempting the tracing. The only way it could have worked would be to use a compass and straightedge to do the "tracing". If one was to do that, he or she might as well skip the printed paper pattern and graphite paper and draw (with compass and straightedge) directly on the plate - which was what the magazine article was about! So, after agreeing to sell a plate to a friend and draw the pattern on it for him for a small fee, the idea was born for what turned out to be a business based on providing unique designs, printed directly onto plates and boards.
Since then, Ready-to-Carve items in the product line and, with Michele Parsons' (Parsons Wood Artistry) enthusiasm for the designs and the concept, we're expanding our audience to Pyrographers. That's why the Titles of the products are now Ready-to-Carve(tm) / Ready-to-Burn(tm). If you you try one or more, whether carving or burning, please drop me a note to share your experience.
No matter how you approach it, skipping the layout and moving directly into carving or burning a new design has become a very popular concept. I hope you enjoy this challenging but fun piece.
Please contact me by phone (828-226-6040) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or suggestions you might have.