I have a number of round blanks from Woodcraft and have wanted to work in a forced proportion.
There are a number of these 'round' carvings on the drawing board.
The japanese 'netsuke' was an inspiration but larger than the utilitarian version.
Here is another character I just finished. It's carved from a 3" pine sphere. I am trying to get as much character as possible even if it means contorting the body into a position it could not actually attain. I wanted to have the eyes pointing in opposite directions as a real chamaleon can do...
I think tools for men are like shoes are to women - can't have enough. However, we sometimes get caught with the paradigm of using the cheapest tools. In my new ShopNotes post, I discuss why buying expensive tools is a good thing. See that post here.