he took the graving tool to it after it was made into a calf. He just fancied it up with the tool... at least that's what I always thought.... maybe I got the idea from the movie????
maybe. I understand it this way, I could be wrong.
they got impatient waiting for Moses to return V4 ( and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf )
if we look here
21 And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?
22 And Aaron said, Let not the anger of my lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief.
23 For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us: for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
24 And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
I say Aaron was covering his but from the wrath of Moses in this last verse.
What he says happened in V24 does not match what he did in V4.