I suppose this evening could be called a banner day. I finished roughing out everything I could reach and got to turn the piece around to access the other edge.
Another few hours of carving and everything will be roughed in and ready for the detailing. Then a trial fitting to match up the adjoining tendrils and out for staining. It could be finished before All Fools Day.
Bloomer, it isn't fretwork to my knowledge. Perhaps one of our 200,000 members can provide a good definition, but I've thought of fretwork as being like jigsaw work. This is more relief carving than anything, though from a style done in the 1100's on Norwegian Churches, namely Urnes Stavekirke. (called 'dragon style') I think the completed portal will be a great addition to the sunroom, continuing the theme to the left side wall.
Wow, that looks great! I haven't tried carving or scroll saw work myself yet. It looks like it would take someone forever to do! I might try to do something a little more intricate once my children are all in school =D