My instructor did a lot of this piece as he wanted to make sure it kept its proportions. I still need to get the arms and glue them on so I can finish carving the head. He carved a piece and then sent it away so blanks could be carved so it was a manageable piece for a class. This also what was done with the bison.
I started a cardinal and a goldfinch. I particularly like cardinals as many lived around our house in Burlington, Iowa. The blanks for these were cut on a bandsaw. I had to round them off and I am farthest on the cardinal. Our little cat Shasta always steals the plush birds I have, especially cardinals so we wonder if she will try steal these.