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Shaped: Done by sandblasting, the outline of the design is cut into the surface and the interior elements are shaped by hollowing out certain areas to create a relief look to the design. Often referred to as "Floral Carving" this "shaping" is generally used for flowers and the leaves of plants and trees as well as the hands and wings of angels and saints.

Flat: Also done by sandblasting, but as the name infers, no hollowing or shaping is done when flat carving. The outline and some features are cut directly into the surface to reveal the design or flower in one dimension.

Flat vs Shape Carving
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