I actually love this as a gift idea for family...except there is now way I would be able to make them
Exercises wood carving for beginners:
Stupid Simple Wood Carving Designs For Beginners - Best Wood Carving Tools
Handyman tips guide through wood carving tools! Learn all about beginner sets and sets for master carvers! Choose the set that suits you best and start carving!
pyrography stroke guide http://www.lsirish.com/tutorials/pyrography-tutorials/fundamentals-and-techniques-pyrography/basic-woodburning-strokes-and-textures/
Easy-To-Do Wood Carving Ideas for whittling and chip carving to help get you started and familiar with various cuts and techniques.
whittling & woodcarving
How to Use a Dremel / The Dremel Bit Guide (this post is great for figuring out what bit to use on a project-- plus it gives you ideas on what to do with your Dremel tool)
Learn the fun hobby of wood carving with this free beginner’s wood carving project for a Tiki Chess Set which includes free wood carving patterns by Lora S. Irish
Beginners Carving Corner and Beyond: Ultra Flat Plane Animals For Patterns