The second stage of roughing out is nearly complete. The glue joint on the arm seems to be holding. I have to say, this carving is going to be one of the more difficult ones I have tried. The location of limbs against the direction of the grain has already posed problems for me. I will soon have to take him off the carving vise and work on my lap. There are just too many tricky angle to work against. Now I see why a lot of cavers use power carvers. I'm not complaining. The challenge is what I'm after and I have high hopes for a pleasant outcome.