The following photos are of the carving process for the 2001 Form plaque:
This first photograph shows the prepared basswood carving blank ready to begin:
After using a router to rough out the background levels:
Cleaned up from the router and background levels established, with a little of the initial rough carving done:
The finished carving:
Detail of the Democratic donkey:
And of the Republican elephant:
The carving at this stage is ready for the final painted finish to be applied.
Note: Painting was completed during the second week of May, and now the plaque is drying and awaiting the final sealing finish to be applied in time for Anniversary on June 2nd. I will be posting photos of the finished plaque after that date – stay tuned!