This piece was a commission to mark a special event. In preparing the design for carving I worked closely with the client who suggested ideas, recommended changes and variations until the final drawing was approved.The photocopy of the drawing was then pasted onto the oak panel to enable carving to commence. When working to a client's approved design I stick strictly to the agreed drawing. However, in my own private work the drawing is often the starting point and the design may change and develop as I prepare the wood for carving. Once carving begins, though, alteration is not so easy, so I still have to plan the piece quite thoroughly.