I asked Pavel what he wanted from the carving. His only request was to preserve areas of the old bark. Even though it is dead, it will persist for many years. I marked the stump with chalk to work from.
About to crack on with the work
I used a scraper to remove the thick and stubborn bark
The front was pierced and a feeling of decay was added. Time will only improve this work as weather heats, chills, wets and dries the deadwood
The branch underneath was next to carve
Then a higher branch coming from the main trunk
Again it was hollowed slightly and any straightness lost to carry through the movement
Then smaller bits used to add detail and texture
Nearly done for the day and pretty intense work it is too
Finished and back in the garden. Everyone is happy.