|It seems like this amount of cut should be sufficient but it may be that we should have done a bigger 'v'. When I learn more I'll share it.|
The other thing I learned after the fact was that you cannot take off the bark and immediately start carving. Well you can, but you may regret it in the finished product. You need to take off the top layers, right down to the 'real' wood. I think it's the sap wood you're removing but maybe I'm wrong. Anyway, I'm working with Western Red Cedar so it looks pretty obvious at this point. Later on it's less obvious, to me anyway but that's for my next post. Have I mentioned how lucky I am to have acquired a mentor guiding me on this adventure? I really lucked out.
|Two ways to get down to the workable wood. Chainsaw or hatchet....chainsaw is faster.|
|Ready for final cleanup|