I just took up log carving. I bought some carving tools and put them to the test. My first challenge was finding a piece of wood that I could use to carve. I ended up going out to a nearby forest and cut up a fallen tree. Once I started to carve the face the log started to crack. It was still wet and I think next time I will have to let the log dry out a few months before I start to carve. Once finished I painted the face with acrylic paint, sanded it down and then put a stain over it to protect it and darken it a little further. I hope to do more carving as there are lots of possibilities. It was a very soothing project to do.