So I began to smooth out the edges and see if I could come up with a design that would look pleasing and also hold the carving. I should mention that I attached a wood dowel to the carving so I could hold it and flip it over to view both sides of the piece. I wondered, can I set up the scrap piece so it would balance with the carving. To my surprise and chagrin it actually balance nicely once the distance of how far out the carving would sit from the actual piece of scrap. In the picture shown I had begun to shape the scrap but unfortunately I had to deal with the grain just as it was presented and this would be the downfall of the scrap wood. If you look close you can see the wood around the entry point was already thin and this is the main area that the grain continually caused an issue. Eventually after a few mishaps it would break right in the thinnest portion. At least now I have a design that I can rework to eventually display the carving. I will consider placing a small piece of wood on the dowel to work as a handle and will try and work that into the design of the base. Even though in the end it failed what was cool with this was that it stood on its own. It balanced that well, even with the narrow base it stood on.
as always happy trails
Carpe diem 4 carving