Here is a photo of me grinding away the inside of the shell to shape the surface before carving the flutes. Soon I should be at a point where I can start to carve the scroll and acanthus detail in the center. That very fine basswood dust sticks to everything! I like hand carving – so much less messy.
Yucky work! Good to see the ear plugs.
While I too like the quiet of hand tool working, there are times that require screaming demons and smart people use good hearing protection.