Go back to your drawing and do some more measurements and math. Using algebra once again, measure the lines of the head to find your full size measurements.

One thing you’ll notice as you examine the picture from the front and side: deer heads are surprisingly square and straight lined. This log is smaller than the neck section, and it’s about to get a whole lot smaller. So it’s somewhat harder to secure while you’re cutting away at it.

Using a couple rectangular sections of scrap wood, screw them to the side of the log at the angle that you are cutting. The scrap wood will both serve as a means of tying it down, but also provide a straight line guide as you cut.

Your first cut you make will be flat part that will attach to the neck, so find the angle to cut. The angle you’re looking for is from the bottom line of the head up through the center of the neck.

Your second cut will be the bottom of the head, from the neck to the jaw. Use the scrap wood to guide you straight. As difficult as it is, I recommend using a hand-saw to be able to control your cut and make it clean.

Taking a piece of paper and pencil, make a stencil of the top of the neck you just worked so hard to sand and smooth. Cut your circle out and put it on the base of the head block you’re working on. Trace the line of the cutout.

Your third and fourth cuts will be on either side of the circle you made — straight down. You’ll taper it down to the nose later, but make them straight for now.

Your fifth cut will be from the base of the neck up to the top of the head, where the ears and antlers are. Like I previously mentioned, the deer head is very angular, so this top part is like a roof.

Your sixth and final cut will be from the top of the «roof» down to the nose.

Okay, you’re actual last cut is cutting the sharp tip off the nose, but that barely counts.

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