Sometimes, when you are carving a doll, you will start with one thought in mind.
But, there are times when it becomes clear that the doll wants to be something else entirely.
This just happened to me when I was carving a very small doll.
My grandson is five and he thinks babies are sublime, so he asked me to carve a baby doll.
I started…. I used a little doll that my mother owned long ago and far away in her childhood…
(Oh how I love this little doll!)
but soon, it became clear that it was a tiny Lady Gnome who wanted to be released from the wood….
And, there she is- among her friends, admiring the thimbles…
Her name is Bessie, or, just Bess, and this is how I carved her: