I am in the process of carving the body block to shape. the complete carving was done by using hand tools only. Although it would have been faster to use power tools-it was much more satisfying to use only hand tools. It also permits me to now use any tool that I might choose as I have nothing more to prove when it comes to my ability with hand carving methods and I will accept no criticism whatever about any carving methods I might choose.
Notice the layers of wood that were used to make the body block.