Here’s some initial roughing-in of the image of Mary with child. It’s coming along pretty nicely.
Even though I knew that I would be carving it about 5/8″ deep and that the clay model was roughly that depth, it still looks surprisingly deep when it’s carved into the wood. The recessed arch that the image rests within probably has something to do with it looking like a deeper relief carving than it actually is.
I think that the finished carving is going to look pretty sharp.