Chip carving is the most technical style Ales does and is the easiest style to start off with and the hardest to master. This style is achieved as the name suggests, small cuts making a chip that is released. The pattern is created by repeatedly creating chips in many configurations. There are many variations of this style, Ales follows a traditional way of repeating patterns, these are mostly geometrical and foliage designs. The most fascinating thing about chip carving is that the whole work is done with a single knife.
Relief carving requires few more tools to create the correct dimension effect. The similarities between the two styles is that both are created on a fairly shallow surface, the right understanding of precise angle cuts is what makes finished pieces to stand out.