I'm making progress on the baptismal font. This video is a bit less technical and shows the process that I use on most of my projects. I begin with rough cut lumber from my local hardwood dealer and mill it into a usable size. Sometimes I just need two flat and parallel sides (like when carving a beer tap handle), but for this project I need what is called S4S.
S4S stands for "surfaced on four sides". This means that the surfaces of the lumber are all jointed flat, the opposite sides are parallel to one another and all edges are at a 90 degree angle. This is the starting point for a LOT of projects.