I wanted to make a Valentine gift for my wife.
Something that shows exactly how I feel.
Step 1: Starting.
A famous sculptor once said that the way to make a carving is to look at a piece of wood, see the image within it, and cut away all the bits that don't belong.
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.