Carving a seal

  1.   The tools necessary for this carving, are a hacksaw blade with one end wrapped in duct tape to act as a handle.The teeth of the saw blade should always point away from the handle.

  You will also need a file of some type, preferably a half round rasp ( I am using a Habilis rasp), or a coarse piece of sandpaper.

  For the sanding you will require several grades of silicon carbide waterproof paper, 240 and 600 grits will do.

2. On the side of the piece of soapstone draw the shape of a seal as shown above.
Using your hacksaw cut out the rough shape.

Then, mark a center line on the back of your seal. This will help to maintain symmetry once you begin filing.

I have also marked lines to be cut to form the head.