The second blurry photo is one year ago and the first was a few days ago. I did clean up some of the wound over the winter, removing dead bark and some of the dark paste for a more natural look. I am leaning towards letting the callous go for now. I figure once it is covered up I can re-approach and carve again later if it is too ugly looking. For now I need to keep an eye on the wire to make sure it doesn’t bite in. And rumor has it there is a late birthday present of a Sara Rayner pot coming my way that might be a new home for this one.