Carving Branches or Small Logs - How To Hold Down

Anybody have an idea How To Hold Down for Carving Branches or Small Logs ?
These are About 2 to 3 inch logs on which I am going to carve a flat, then a name.
Please advise,

Use a v slot. Put limb into the v slot and clamp down

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good idea!!

And screw to wasteboard.

pipe strap - GOOD Idea!!!

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alternatively, you can nail a board to it in specific spot (that you won’t be cutting), or using some of those millable plastic/composite brad nails. Seen it done for large pieces being resawed.