I think I've mentioned a time or two about how I get bored with a medium and like to switch it up now and then. Add that to being an art supply junkie and I'm often enticed to try anything.
A girlfriend wanted to me go to a wood carving group with her and I needed very little encouragement to do it - as a matter of fact, I bought some cheap wood carving tools quite some time ago and did my best to carve a little Santa Christmas tree ornament.
So after about 3 weeks (3 days of 3 hours each once a week), I've finally finished a little bird I started on day one. One of the group gave me a chunk of wood and I drew my bird on it and started carving. It's mostly a group where everyone does their own thing but everyone is friendly and helpful.
This was carved totally from scratch while most carvings start from the basic shape cut out with a band or scroll saw. I stopped at this point because a crack appeared and the wood started chipping out. I was pretty pleased with the result though. I'll let you all judge if I should continue the group!
Wood carving is very relaxing but not something you can comfortably do while watching tv. It's best to watch what you're doing instead of the tv screen. Plus, the mess is horrendous!