This was my main pastime before taking up pottery. I still produce a few carvings a year, mainly of horses. Having worked with them as a groom soon after leaving school, my love of them has never left me. It's challenge working in a medium where mistakes cannot be rectified, unlike clay where material can be added or subtracted until the sculpture is completed.
My first ever carving was of an axe in a log, perhaps because I used them a lot in my job as a Gardener/Tree Surgeon. When I am pruning at work I collect bends off of various trees and shrubs and carve them into axes. My collection is growing with many bends waiting to be carved.