Carved on the wall of the building was X26.

Carved into the wall of the building was X26.

When use the verb carve, do we use it with any other preposition than into?

He carved her and his initials on the tree? Or into the tree?

Can carve ever be used with on like we use on with engraved? It was engraved on the wall "Brook was here", is this a correct construction?

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Usually, one says

He carved his initials on the tree.
He carved his initials in the tree.

carved into the rock

(source: livescience.com)

carved on the rock

(source: georgiaencyclopedia.org)

carve up a turkey

Engraved on

is correct since it is on the surface.

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