I'm gradually getting the area around the eyebrows and top of the nose the way I want it.
A little trimming above the lower eyebrow - I like the raised eyebrow look, so it's staying..
The top of the head is also starting to take shape. Once I get the top of the head shaped better, the top 5 inches or so will come off, there's some rot up there from the stump sitting untouched for a couple years, so I'm hoping I'll find solid wood further down from the top.
Here you can see that I'm removing a little from the sides of the face. I haven't decided what if anything I'll do to the back of the carving. I may leave it alone and just seal it to keep it from rotting.
I haven't decided yet what I'll use to seal the carving when I'm done. I don't want it to be too dark though. I kinda like the amber shellac color that's on the wall panels of our camper, and I have some of that shellac left over, so I may test it on a piece of the wood to see how it looks. If I don't like the shellac, I'll probably pick a stain color I like.
Finally, if you're at all interested in stump carving, here's a blog where the carver is obviously top notch! Check out the indian chief that he carved recently. Amazing!!!