A common example of such a carving is that of some woodland creature:
Dogs, of course, are a common motif:
Naturalistic abstractions are occasionally seen:
A mythical creature is always a conversation piece:
Trolls come en masse; without benefit of bridge to hide under, so they have to hide in trees.
And, surprisingly, considering it's rustic art, some nudes. They ones I've seen tend to be quite lewd. Not appropriate for a suburban backyard. You're on your own to see some examples.
For some, these can be souvenirs of a wonderful vacation in the Smokies; for others, there's the sense afterward of 'What were we thinking?'
I'll be on a break for a while. Thanks for reading my blog. I appreciate you all, gentle readers. Let the good times roll.