How to make a hammer into an adze and carve a hollow log

Well the storm in Gisborne washed up a huge lot of wooden treasure onto the downtown beach:

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spot the doglet in mid jump:

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so we got beachcombing and picked up wood for compost bins, hunks of firewood, and pieces like this:

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fine tuning: will get a round abrasive bit and smooth the hollow perfectly round and a bit more acute. But it already does a fair job at least for the roughing out.

Don’t know what the log piece will be, but there’s this oval in it which could be carved into A baby/tiki? An elf?

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