Still entertaining company, but found some shop time to start the shaping process. It’s important to clamp that puppy down when making the large rough cuts. Sometimes I tape down a piece of scrap if there’s a chance I might damage a semi-finished part.
I am able to hold the work while doing some of the finer cuts, but must be careful of slips. On my two previous gator heads, the eyes have been a little more straight-on. This gave the gator a somewhat cartoonish or cinematic appearance while still maintaining the essence of the beast. Though this one will not be a realistic carving either, I am moving the eyes more to the side. I like the look so far.