Two experimental pieces that turned out great. Both the plate and the candle holder were first fully finished with stain and just then the design was created and chip carved.
The finish on the plate is sanding sealer, polyurethane in spray and three coats of dark mahogany gel stain:
The tree of life design was based on a variation I found on the Internet, I tried to contact few people who I thought created the variation of this design but couldn't find the original creator.
The quote carved on the rim of the plate is by Friedrich Nietzsche:
6'' candle holder with somewhat Gothic design. This piece was first finished with tinted polyurethane, brushed on in 2 layers: