This last week I carved the same monk from 2002, only using cottonwood bark. The bark for carving comes only from dead trees. It's in layers, so every cut reveals a different look. I added a little more detail on the eyes and nose. It is five inches tall and it's grain runs front to back. The arm side you see in the picture would be towards the wood of the tree. Several coats of satin Deft bring out the rich colors of the bark.