I have been asked by several how I come up with my characters. I buy my wood from Heinecke Woods http://www.heineckewood.com/ornamentwood1.htm
The character you see here is loosely based on Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.
I cut head shots out of magazines, take photos of interesting people and draw them. I start with my block of wood and find the center so I can make the head and body even. Once I find the center and mark it, I draw the outline and draw in features. I take it to the bandsaw and cut off the excess wood.
I hope this photo blog helps you create your own characters in wood.