I've been carving for about 10 years, partially self taught. I just picked up pyrography a few months ago, and I'm still figuring things out. If carving is anything to go by, I'll be saying that for a few years
If anyone else carves or burns, feel free to show off too.
This is an overview of some of my more recent stuff. I mostly do really small carving, since it's much easier to carry around (in college). My specialty is ring carving, which is a ton of fun, and a quick challenge for anyone who feels like trying. My favorite woods to carve are black walnut, apple, and bass. I tend to use harder woods because a) I got some for free, and b) they work better for little carvings. I do woodcarving demonstrations in the Student Union building on campus. I always get some interest, and I really hope more people try out carving.
The bird is on an old, beat up cutting board I found. Makes a good place to set hot pots and pans.
My miniatures, the bird, the rabbit, and the dog are going to be part of a 4 animal mini carousel. The fourth animal will be a cat, and that should be fun to carve, but I still have no idea how I'll do the carousel part of it.
Two works in progress. Please note I've never carved or kept angel fish before, I'm a little fuzzy on what they're supposed to look like, but I know I got the bottom fin on one of them wrong. (I should have been using more reference pictures) I suppose this is a job for a conveniently placed rock to hide it.
And to end things off, here's a handful of some of my favorite rings I've carved. (oh, and a turtle wearing a top hat)