I want to start finishing the carving today, but first I need to figure out the mounting. The relief should be able to hang on the wall, or stand on its own. I drilled a single 1/4″ hole in the bottom center of the back of the frame, taking care to place the hole where there was a decent amount of wood on the front. This hole will be for a small 1″ long dowel to be placed. Along the top center, I drilled a series of 5/16″ holes, then opened the slot up with a chisel. This will be where it can hang from a nail or screw on the wall. The slot isn’t as pretty as I would like, but I can clean that up.
With the work done on the back side, I applied my first coat of Tung oil. The reliefs are very deep on the front, so I just poured the oil on then used a rag to push it into all of the nooks and crannies. It will soak in and require several coats, but I think it will look nice when it is finished.