I think community art projects are the coolest. Someday I hope to be a part of one. If I lived in Albany, Oregon, I would be a part of their Carousel project.
Here's a drawing of a frog and then the frog that has been carved and is almost completely painted:
The thing that is the most remarkable to me about this project is that it is run entirely by volunteers. That means all the drawing, carving, and painting is done by novices who donate their time. We talked to the head carver, Jack, who is in charge of teaching the volunteers how to carve. Carving itself is just totally incredible to me - I can't wrap my mind around how to cut away the stuff that's not part of the intended result. If only I lived in Albany, I would really want to give it a try try. Or maybe I'd just stick to painting. That seems more my style.
Here are a few creatures in various stages of development: