in december, partly when i was on camp four and partly when i was home, i made my very first carving project. you know, because i like to have a project.
and of course even though ball and cage is a pretty normal beginner carving project, apparently usually people go about it with a hunk of wood that's been chosen and cut and seasoned as CARVING STOCK and not a sawed-off hunk of appletree branch.
plus while a leatherman crater is a pretty good knife to just have as a single blade locking folding knife you keep in your pocket (a knife like that is required gear for the bitter pill), it isn't even remotely a good carving knife because the serrated part of the edge really gets in the way of you using it properly for carving.
but you know. i didn't yet know any of that stuff.
so i went and did it with no measuring tools and no template and the knife i had and a hunk of an applewood branch.
apple is a hard wood, and its grain can be kind of complex.
but i did it. i made a video of my daily progress, so if you like slow moving videos, you may enjoy this.