A relief carving is where the stone is carved on the surface, the background round the image is taken away, and reduced in level, leaving the carving standing proud of the stone surface.
Images can be cut deeply and undercut to show strong shadows, or lightly and delicately carved to reveal subtle outlines.
Relief Carving in Slate
Slate is a beautiful stone to carve, being very fine grained and dense, make it a stunning material for relief carving. The chiseled line shows up in sharp contrast against the deep blue-grey riven finish. Slate takes a polish too, enabling superb variation in the way the surface can be worked.