Carving taguanuts is almost as hard as carving soapstone. Difficult to hold and hard, sharp tools are essential and rotary power tools work the best. Holding the tagua nut is accomplished by either sanding a flat area and gluing it onto a board, pressing it into modeling clay, putting a screw into it to secure it to a board or using a vise. You can find tagua nuts “in the raw” in a number of places. Amazon has tagua nuts available Bags of 10.