Step 4: Sanding down
After the carving was more or less finished, i sanded the detail down using 180-grit sandpaper then gave it a good going over with some 240-grit.This leaves it feeling smooth without feeling too polished.
I like to rub my hands over the wood to find any non visible rough/pointy bits so that I can smooth them out. Also because I am a pervert.
While the detail was sanded the rest of the wood was left rough, with just a check over for splinters, to preserve a rough, desert island feel for the idol.