I had an epiphany today while looking at this carving and realizing this will take me just as long as the larger Green men despite being less than half the size. Don’t laugh, but it took me 15 months to figure out I am treating carving like tattooing. An intricate drawing on a flat surface (or surfaces) then working away at it until it looks like the picture in my head, it works, but it is inefficient because I spend so much time carving away waste wood, re-drawing the design when I carve the print away each level I go down, and drawing in new levels at every stage. I will have to finish this piece the way I started all the previous ones, but the next one will be done differently! I will still do a detailed drawing of the finished piece but from 3 sides. Then I will trace just the outlines, and make copies of them to glue onto the wood blank. Next I will band saw the blank on all sides but the base, draw in center lines, and using calipers rough in the subject of the work on the wood in pencil, then finish the final form from the original drawings. I will be starting on my new commission piece tomorrow, so the new procedure will be put to the test over the next week or so. I do not like to rush my work, but I do like efficiency. I am hoping to be able to do more carvings this way, there are so many subject matters I have listed that I would like to carve!
Here is a close-up of the awesome grain of the Alaskan yellow cedar, it carves so smooth, but is harder than basswood.
-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.