Another elephant carved from a 2×4 and finished with Danish oil.
Quality gouges are quite expensive, and cheap ones are totally not worth it. There is not much in between. I decided to try an idea from this video (in Russian lang), first on a set of barely passable chisels:
and then on a set of much tougher ones:
Love the result, and it would be dreadful without flap discs.
Learning to carve this supposedly simple knot.