Something that shows exactly how I feel.
Step 1: Starting.
Since I make most of my projects that way, that seemed a reasonable way to go.
I started with a short length of branch that had been sitting around in the warm since before Christmas.
Using a junior hacksaw, I cut four wedges out to make a long cross.
Step 2: Seeing the shape within.
I started by turning the cross into two interlocked squares. That was a simple hacksaw job again.
Once I had the squares, I planned the hearts, sketching directly onto the wood.
Step 3: Starting to carve.
Using a combination of the hacksaw, Leatherman and my rotary tool I hacked away the outside of the hearts.
I then turned to the holes.
Using a drill-bit on my rotary tool, plus my Leatherman, I drilled the holes through, following the lines I had sketched.
The more I cut away, the more nervous I got...
Step 4: Parting the hearts.
This is where I found I hadn't planned as well as I thought - I couldn't fit a saw-blade in the gap between the hearts.
I ended up using a needle-fine drill-bit to perforate the narrow section of wood still between the hearts.
After four or five holes drilled from each direction into the joining wood, I was able (eyes closed tight) to snap the two hearts apart, without actually snapping the hearts.
I had a small panic at this point - the hearts looked hideous