Some of my carver friends call me a cheap-skate for carving these small Santas. Now I will admit that my investment in carving wood is nill. Oh okay, no cost, since I pick up what some carvers carve off from a block of wood. But there is another reason for carving small. You have less wood to remove, so you finish the carving much faster. And that's good for one with an attention span as short as what I have. Oh, that's a dime.