You know me, I have to start a project with build the tool needed. I ordered some knife blade from Hock tools. and made couple knife. I used a piece of scrape white oak that I found in the trash to make the handle. The piece was pretty small and wrapped, but it has some super cool burl on it. I cut the kerf for the blade on a Dremel ultra saw, because that's the only blade has such a thin kerf. Then I hand shaped it with a rasp then sand to finish. It looked great, I'm so glad I pick the piece out of the trash.
The actual carving went pretty smooth. There's only 3 types of basic cuts: push, pull, stop, the basic idea is that you always have a pivot point that is in contact with the piece, so you have good control of how much you are cutting.
I'm sure I'll do some more carving