That turn out beautifully, Mike!
I love the beetle kill pine, too. I've done a number of large carving on similarly sized redwood slabs. The carve very well. I sill have a few left, but am still playing with designs to match the grain patterns! Kind of like looking up at the clouds and imagining what the shapes look like!
Hardest time I have is getting good pictures, even with a good DSLR!