“Do not leave cut marks in the background as they will show up when you add oil or wax to your finished carving”
– Often we spend too much time trying to clear up and perfect a carving and this can result in losing the spontaneity that can be so attractive in a piece.
Setting high standards is important but achieving them can be a lengthy and frustrating process which is not always worth the effort. For example, removing all the pen or pencil marks is important for a natural finish but may not be if you are intending to paint the carving, as they will be covered
– When doing the trees concentrate on carving the shadows rather than the trees themselves. Look at real trees: the detail is often rather vague and it is the shadows that give them form