I have been sculpting using wood as a medium (woodcarving) since 1991. I focus mostly on whimsical caricatures and fantasy pieces.
The best part of wood sculpting is the people from all walks of life and backgrounds that you meet. They are very communal and sharing of their techniques. Many of these folks are life long friends!
If you have a local carving club, I recommend you join, it is a good way to meet new friends and to learn carving. Taking seminars, subscribing to Wood Carving Illustrated and finding carving communities on-line are all excellent resources.