Step 2: Rough Carve
The photo above shows the early stages of the rough shaping carve. This stage just removes all the excess wood quickly before you start on the detail. The eyes and eyebrows wanted a strong straight line, so i used a saw to cut down to the rough depth i wanted. i then started cutting round the edges of my lines by following the lines with a chisel and mallet to cut the grain cleanly before chiselling across to cut the wood out.
Carving is made a lot easier and you tend to get a few less scars by using a bench hook. This just sits on the edge of your work (ahem…kitchen) table and keeps the wood from sliding away as you chisel.
From this point the carving was pretty straightforward. Take small amounts off each time, as you can’t replace that wood!