The routing file for this sign would be routed in two parts, each to be layered up separately and then layered and glued. The first routing file I created was the round barrel head in the centre. This vector file was created entirely in .
I first created the rim of the barrel as a flat relief.
I then modified this relief by adding a shallow dome to the centre portion (not shown) and then modified the relief once more by adding a bitmap woodgrain.
Then I built separate flat reliefs of varying heights to form the barrel staves. I’ll hand carve the woodgrain into them as it is faster than modelling it in the computer. If I were doing multiple copies of this sign it would be a different matter.
I also built a separate flat rectangular relief in the centre. This will be used to attach the horse’s head.
I then merged highest with the base relief to finish the file.