Initially, the laminated block is on the ground, and I will begin carving the top of the head, the shoulders and back and the top of the drapery. When this has been roughly shaped, I will hoist the block to the correct rake of the ship's bow.
This angle has to be exact in order to 'get the feel' of carving the correct posture for the figurehead.
The shape of the figure slowly comes 'alive' when carved in this position, as though she were actually attached to the ship. You can begin to visualize the end result. This is important for the correct proportions.
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