Tip from the Stump: if you do not have a lot of time to carve or if you are low on ambition and energy, instead of working on a large project take a short break from the norm and carve something that can be finished in one sitting. The simple act of carving will energize you and help to motivate you the next time you pick up a knife.
Hope you like them and there are more photos on The Carving Bench page.
Sorry about the focus on these shots folks. Boy, I really need to get a better camera, or maybe some photography lessons.