I started carving about 30 years ago,but because of things that came up in my life woodworking and carving was put on hold for a good number of years. After I got our ranch setup and was able to find a little bit of time to carve again I came across the 5 minute wizards and no seeums in Woodcarving Illustrated magazine and thought that I have time to do and it would be a good way get my carving brain working again.
The idea for these carvings is to be able to carve them quickly so that they can be passed out at shows. I was looking for something that would not take long to do and in able me to start carving again. After the first couple I got to where they could be finished in about an hour. After a few weeks there was a box full of them in the shop, so I started giving them to family and friends that stopped by to visit. Kids love them. I have even gave them along with a tip in a restaurant.
This was a great way for me to try new techniques and effects that I wanted to try.