Carving on an arched whiskey barrel stave

I want to put text on some staves I have been saving. Is it all trial and error or a specific method to go about this? I have plenty and don’t mind messing up a few but would rather succeed sooner rather than later.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Brian

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I read that one and understand the pocket theory but thought text would be different.
Wouldn’t that need to be done one letter at a time?

Yes, or you would need to model the geometry of the stave and then cut along that surface.

I don’t even know where to start with that process. Possibly too far beyond my skill level.

Can you measure the staves & provide some pictures?

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