I started carving in 1994. At first, most of the work was done using pieces of found wood and my Opinel lock knife but gradually I acquired more tools until I now use everything from chainsaws to very fine gouges. The Opinel still comes out sometimes though: it’s like revisiting an old friend!
I thought that you might like to see some of these early woodcarvings. Trying to sculpt unknown bits of timber in other countries was a real education in how wood works, as I taught myself how to carve.