Here's my answer. This is power carving with a low rpm hand held drum sander. A good leather glove on the hand holding the wood and a 3/8 inch sanding drum chucked up and we're off to the races.
The first project was the cow. The Cheetah's were the second. I provided the blank, and carved right along with my "student". I'd make a "cut" in my piece, and she would make the same cut in her piece.
All in all, a very successful session.