Like a lot of my carving friends on the Woodcarving Illustrated message board, I've been on a spoon carving marathon lately. I used basswood scraps 7" long X 1-3/8" wide X 1/2" deep. I didn't do any spoon in one sitting and just pulled them out on the whim and let the designs invent themselves. Now that is what I refer to as relaxing carving!
I think that my favorite one is the "Womble family". The one with the long red and turquoise hat is a cross between a wizard, circus clown, and Dr. Seuss... so how's that for whimsical?!? I won't be using these spoons to eat my cereal tomorrow morning as they are more in the "decorative" folk art category.
I used thinned acrylic paints and polyurethane for the finish.