Martin, Your signmaking background is showing:)
Sometimes we're just happy it cut and was an improvement
Good constructive comments!
HP, Looks good, but looks like last dark coat is bleeding a lot?
I seem to remember after carving that most people with good clean results I've admired, are giving one(or more) thin coats of clear to the now bare wood to prevent that.
Possibly changing from a penetrating oil like Watco, to maybe a gel stain and and a quick wipe off...or even a paint might be better?
Feels good when it's tiny and cuts clean...Doesn't it?