Trace this pattern onto your wood with a piece of carbon paper.
I do the simple incised carving on this frame after assembly, and after all the surface and edging work is complete. You can draw the leaves on the frame freehand, or you can draw on carbon paper and trace the pattern onto the wood. (See Carving Detail.)
With the frame clamped to my bench, I carve the shapes about 1/8 in. deep, using a #12, 3mm V-gouge. (See photo, right.) For fine, clear lines, keep your gouge well honed, and carve in both directions to account for the changing grain.
I use a #1 straight chisel to define and round the leaf carvings. That way, they appear to jump off the frame once the finish is applied.
Carving the detail. Carve the leaf detail with a #12, 3mm V-gouge. Come in first from one direction and then from the other; to avoid going against the grain.
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