I recently had a chance to take a carving class where the focus of the class was to carve a small Santa figurine. It was a very enjoyable class, and I learned a great deal regarding the technique's to accomplish the end results. Here are some pictures of some carvings completed after the class.
The hat finished, and the face roughed in:
Here is a similar carving completed at home after the class:
And a couple pictures of the two faces of this double faced Santa: