My wife asked for a carving of a frog, to represent a quote wrongly attributed to Mark Twain: "Eat that frog". It is intended to suggest that, if you do the job most objectionable to you first, and get it out of the way, everything else will seem less burdensome.
I decided to go further than just carve a frog and combine it with a bandsaw box, something I'd not made before. Starting with a block of 6"x6"x3.5" Elm, the block was prepared and sanded, and edges rounded. Rather than just cut in from the side, as is done with most bandsaw boxes, I cut a slot 1/4" deep in the bottom, to act as the entry point for the bandsaw. Later this was filled with a piece of Redgum, to provide a feature.
The box was ready to carve, but without any available hold down points, I carved a slightly oversized pocket into an old spoilboard
and wedged the box in firmly to carve a sentiment on the bottom
I then reversed the process and wedged the box in for carving the top
To prevent chipout, when the bit was carving air (I was carving right to the edges of the box), I attached a skirt around the box
Continued in next post