I posted on using cement on the end grain of a small schooner I was working on a while ago.
The logic was that this particular carving would have lots of unsupported end-grain prone to breakage while I was carving. The schooner is almost done now. And all that’s left to do is some final filing and sanding before I prime the wood for painting.
At the top of this post, you can see the prototype carving on top of a simple sign.

Unfortunately, despite my good intentions, I did have some damage, well concealed, to the jibs on this piece. After final sanding, the schooner will be primed and painted. Next, the bottom support piece will get mortised into the sign top and the ocean waves carved in and painted—more about that in the next post on this project.