This is something new to me, but certainly a fun project to take on. Our friend Doug Mackie recommended carving spoons as a project to try.
You need some carving knife or chisels to do most of the work. I got a carving jack, and so far it works great for me. Also, on the recommendation of my friend, I got some cut-resistant gloves for protection from myself.
I tried working with various bits of hardwood that I had available. Softwood would not be able to handle the details without splitting or breaking. I cut them roughly to shape on a band saw to start with. They look like this:
This next one, I don’t know the wood, but it was a block I had sitting around for years. It was good to finally give it a purpose. It has two different colours. I finished it with butcher block oil, to seal it and it is food safe.