The first carving I did was a giraffe. Kathy had her eye on one in a store in Qualicum Beach and I said I would carve her a giraffe when I retired. Someone saw it and asked if I would carve one for them and so it started. I often get asked how long it takes to do a giraffe and I always say that it takes quite awhile. I have never actually kept track, partly because I never carve one from start to finish without a lot of stops along the way. Usually I get one roughed out then let it sit and dry out.
I started one on Sept. 18 and took some pictures.
So far I’d say I have spent about 2 1/2 hours on the giraffe, not counting cutting down the tree, taking off the branches, moving it to where I carve. If I used my gas chainsaw rather than my electric chainsaw, the cutting would have gone at least twice as fast but I try to be a considerate neighbour!