This addition to the Noah's Ark animals has been living in my sketch book for a while and now it's in the shop.
I have two categories of animals - Small and Large. The small ones are all cut from one inch soft wood boards. One inch stock is not really one inch thick but a little thinner. It's cut one inch thick from the log and then sanded or surfaced and as a result it's not quite one inch.
The Large animals are cut from two or more pieces of wood and then glued together. The pieces are not the same, the animal has a left side and a right so it looks like it's been carved and is "3-D".
Both are shaped by sanding and with a dremel tool to add more dimensionality. The painting finishes the realistic effect. This penguin is a "Small" animal. I've got a few more small animals living in my sketch book and hopefully will get them made and into the shop soon.