This is very exciting. Rick just gave me a blank for a big mask. Its red cedar - yay. I do love carving red cedar. Every cut smells so nice and is so beautiful. And I've been wanting to start a mask. The only challenge will be to finish the birch platter and not totally focus on the mask.
Here's what the blank looks like - its almost ready to start carving. I added a pop can to one photo because I was having a hard time showing the scale. The can makes it look ginormous.