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5 Bosting the Bird 1

Refining that big picture and beginning to focus on the bird which is, indeed, the focus of the carving.

A new grip:

We've used to wood grain (fibres) to maximise the strength of the design. Nevertheless, at the end of the day this is a fairly delicate carving and as elements like the twig get thinner and we must work a 'softly, softly' approach.

Normally, I advocate against a 'backhanded grip', preferring what I call low or high angle grips but here is a case where working with a 'back hand' can help: there are fingers left over to support the back of the carving.


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