All in all, an interesting challenge that taught me a great deal. Not just about carving wood but also about one of our oldest stories.
It has certainly given me a new respect for those craftsmen of old, who certainly wouldn’t have had power tools to help them do the job.
Postscript: I’ve been asked many times how long the whole project took, which is difficult to be sure of now.
Looking at the dates on the images, my diary and even receipts for tools and materials it would seem to have taken
about 14 days of which I usually downed tools after about 8 hours work.
That does not include the time taken to research and create the design which I would estimate at being at least another day.
Altogether I think 120 hours is not far off the mark.