For my first project they had me make a mushroom. I was given a rectangular block of wood and a little disk cut from a tree branch and this is what I made:
It is really scary when you get started. They don't play around, and tell you over and over again to be careful, showing us scars and telling us of the times they've needed stitches or just barely missed a tendon. Say what??! I'm a big chicken when it comes to most things and have gotten the safety glove and a few thumb protectors, to hopefully circumvent any injuries. ..I like my fingers intact and unscathed, thank you!
It's surprisingly not incredibly difficult to shave off a bit of wood here and there. My start kit knife cuts it, almost like a knife on some refrigerated butter. You can't easily make deep cuts, but you can get little slivers pretty easily. Carving the mushrooms turned out pretty easy, though I was ridiculously slow, as usual.
I'm working on a second, larger 'shroom for my second attempt, but I kind of got inspired by my hubby's Mario game playing and am going to attempt a Toad sculpture. We shall see! I may be delving too deeply, too soon, but that's what I do. I always find the hardest way to go about things, always.
One of the more experienced wood carvers also gave me a wooden egg and some instructions to carve a cute little bird out of the egg. So I should be a happy whittler for the foreseeable future, hopefully keeping my digits intact!
More project pictures to follow!