I am often asked the above question when showing a block to someone. Given how I work, (print, carve, curse, print, carve, curse, etc.) it's difficult to come up with an accurate answer. Until today! Yesterday I sat down to do some carving and can with all accuracy state that it took seven hours to carve the dragon scales on the block shown below. This morning my wrist is sore and ibuprofen is my friend.