The heraldic ass head will sit on a base on a pole.
The coves on this were made, first making a depth cut with a saw, then a gouge to take out the bulk and then moulding planes to finish.
I was surprised how well they worked on the end grain of the oak.
I used my rebate plane to clean off the sloping shoulder of the top. This will shed rain away from the bottom of the ass. It also formed the undercut for the twisted rope that sits on top of it.
The pole has been cut. I just need to join them all together now.