After watching a television special on the Great Gray Owl, I decided to knock one out of a five foot tall Western Red Cedar log I had. As usual, I started with deep cuts to relieve the excess material from the shape I had in my mind to bring out that had been fostered from an Internet image of one of these amazing creatures.
The main focus for me, above all else, was to really bring out the area around the eyes. The Great Gray Owl uses this dual parabolic dish shaped, anatomical feature in one of natures amazing feats. It seems the dish acts as a sound amplifier, directed towards an already keen ear. The show I watched had one of these birds hear a mouse moving one foot under the snow while it sat it a tree waiting to make the strike.
Five hours later, this work was done, and had its first coat of Watco oil soaking in.