I start to carve the Glenora Family Cottage Commission, beginning with the wind swirls. This will be the hardest part of the piece for me, making these swirls work. So I want to get a sense right away of how the wind swirl shapes will fit into the rest of the piece. In general I take on the boldest parts of the carving first, leaving the smaller details until last. There's a real reason for this. The small details are always vulnerable to being cut off by mistake as one carves the wood nearby. So it's best to do the big carved shapes first and the smaller ones last.