So when I get back from Alaska in JANUARY, my good friend Jimthecarver gives me this cut-out of birdseye maple, and says “Here ya go. This will make you a better carver.” I knew it was gonna be difficult when I started pounding on it with a razor sharp bench chisel and a mallet, and it was still slow going. But…after months of fantasizing about throwing it in the fire and thinking of four letter adjectives, I finally got it done. I was told it is a Celtic design with friendship meaning. I think that’s true after it’s done. lol. Anyway thank you Jim. This was a great challenge and I believe it has made me a better carver.