The weather was beautiful today – sunny and warm. Usually I would go painting or sketching outside on a day like this, such a gift for a day in late October. But instead I sanded a carving I had just finished, a Wood Duck in green Canadian soapstone. The grain is beautiful on this piece – sometimes you get fortunate with stone. This photo is after the first coat of oil, but doesn’t really show the colours clearly yet. I will be adding coats of oil for the next few weeks, to develop that lovely hand-rubbed patina.