This is the unfinished key block for Light, the second in my current stray dog series (Peace, Light, Love). I am carving the key blocks for this series in cherry. I like working in cherry because it is solid wood rather than plywood and it is less apt to chip. It also has a beautiful, almost waxy surface. The downside is that cherry is very hard wood compared to shina, so carving takes at least three times longer and makes my arm sore. This block is a reworking of white paws. Because the image takes up most of the piece of wood, I am going to have to get creative when I carve the kento. My plan is to place another piece of wood alongside this one and carve the kento across the bottom of both pieces and along the side of the additional piece.

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