This is the week for me to start focusing on carving realistic eyes. My goal is to be able to carve realistic eyes with the knife only. To begin this learning I am preparing several carvings that are set up for eyes, but without much eye prep done. I'll just rough out some Santa's without the eyes. The first photo shows what I'll start with. I'll have several additional blanks prepared.
The second photo is an example of part of a study stick on carving eyes. This stick was used as an attempt to teach me how to carve the eye. It never made sense to me, to carve an eye on the corner of a piece of wood. More than one instructor that I know teaches eye carving like this. Needless to say - I never learned.