Next, I like to pick up my knife and a piece of Basswood and whittle a few trial pins. This lets me see how to order my knife cuts, and plan for changes and improvements in the next trial piece. I am sure you can see the variations of the 5-minute owl here.
Usually I don't settle on one trail piece to do, but use some parts of several. Since this will be a pin, I'll carve it on the corner of a triangle shaped 3/4x3/4 inch piece of Basswood, for the flat back onto which I'll glue a pin back.
I'll finish up my final choice, and post it tomorrow.....Then talk my wife into going back to the OWL CAFE.