I needed a project to work on while at the big Arabian shows, so I chose to do a life size head of an Arabian. I wanted to work on one side at a time so that people could see the process from "rough" to finished. I had several people stop by over the course of the 10 days in each show to watch the progress. I named her Cassandra, and then found out that the picture I used as a pattern was "Gelgelah Albedeia" She was the World Senior Champion Mare in 2003.
Would you believe someone actually asked while I was carving if the unpainted ear was made out of wood?