Finished another wood spirit today (this one is for my girlfriend). I'm happy with it but it still isn't anything like what I see in my head when I first start out. I guess (and hope) the ability to create what you imagine comes with time/experience. I think I'll try a much bigger one next and use a chisel to remove the main bulk of the wood then the gouges for the finer detail. This one took ages using just gouges!