Trying a typically bearish front paw gesture.
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.
A tortoise carved from madrone wood, AKA strawberry tree.
Update: finished with danish oil.
Mini-gouge with a checkered palm handle
It’s a lot of fun experimenting with shapes and textures of the handle. Proper checkering is done with special tools, but this is my manual handiwork.
Learning to carve this supposedly simple knot.
Trefoil knot in the making
This bear has not caught his fish yet.