Anyone know what tool I use to get this look?
I think if you had a properly sharpened chisel you could master that in 20 minutes. It's a lot easier than it looks. With a sharp chisel you wouldn't need a mallet for that, you could make light shaves by hand. The hard part of carving is to make a recognizable shape or to make the background smooth like it was done with a plane.The lighting is really bad, plus the reflections off the varnish.
My first and only guess is that this is a "textured" surface, done with a carvers finishing elbow adze.
The cuts are even and they are in rows, a design choice in the big carvings of the Pacific Northwest First nations work.
Who ever did this is old and very experienced.
Kestrel makes very useful tools for this. To which you should add 30 years of daily practice.
I think a good carver could do this with about a 5/35 and a 30 oz lead-core mallet.
I couldn't fake this after 20 years of trying.
John,if you really wanted to pursue this, I would invest in a quality Flex-Shaft and some quality carving burrs that will leave a very smooth cut in hardwood. Please share with us your realistic project: What size, how many, yada yada yada. A full kitchen cabinet project or just a simple picture frame ??
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