Pop Suggests you Start your woodcarving hobby with this Beginner Woodcarving Kit! It's is a great way to learn how to carve! The projects are arranged so that your carving skills will improve with each step you follow. Consider a carving glove for protection too (see below). For Safety Sake - don't forget to order a Carving Glove
Consider adding some sharpening supplies ...a leather strop at the very least.