Want to start carving? I use and recommend the following tools, wood, and anatomy book:
Tools From Amazon (these are identical to the tools that I learned with, and continue to use. They are not very expensive, but they hold a good edge. The short handles work much better when it comes to working out details. )
More Tools from Amazon (I also use these tools)
Basswood from Rockler. This is the easiest wood to carve, by far. It holds the detail and is extremely soft.