When carving an animal (or another piece which has a very irregular shape) I take the following steps:
And at some point I reach the moment where trimming is complete and it is time to pull out my grinding wheel to continue to rough out the shape of the animal.
And a point on safety: when cutting stone, as you mop up or clean your workspace, be careful not to squeeze the cloth or sponge too tightly as you will have picked up many small shards of stone. You can easily end up with them sticking in your hand. Please be careful!
On this page I intend to add monthly updates on aspects of jade carving. I also plan to invite more experienced carvers to offer a "master-class" on a particular subject of their choice. With this I hope to enthuse both the novice and the expert in this ancient and beautiful art-form/craft. And comments are welcome!