I carved intermittently from the 1960s through the mid-seventies. Going to graduate school put an end to most carving activities, and I didn't pick it up again until 1992.
While teaching, I always like to decorate the workshop with carving examples for students to use as a reference. Week-long excursions to teach away from home mean emptying the house of many of my carvings. But samples in three dimensions often are better than pictures or demonstration, and the extra work was worth it.
You probably have a friend who, if you met them today, you'd never befriend. They're lousy drunks, never help out, or have egos beyond description. Your friendship has that exclamation or wonderment factor: "why is this person, my friend?" On examinat
Pine is a worthwhile wood for carving: It's readily available in a variety of species; many times, it will be the economical choice of wood, and with sharp tools can yield a rewarding carving experience.
some large pieces need to be constructed piece by piece.
There are always variations on old standards. Some are even improvements.