The one type of carving, other than good ol' wholesale rustication, that I do enjoy is the interpretation of candle wax. I don't know why. If I wasn't a pipe smoker, and if you'd describe dripping wax carved into wood, I would think it gaudy or something that deservedly would be collecting dust in a dingy Las Vegas casino warehouse. The idea of it still isn't appetizing. Yet, I do really like it a lot in almost all its forms.
That's a sharp one, too. Glad I can't see the stem. That's where Ardor often loses me.