If only the best bird sang the forest would be a very quiet place
That's true for whittling too- just do it. The more you whittle the better you'll get.
Here's pics of my Bee Pen, Alaskan Yellow Cedar, Minwax #209 and beeswax finish. Just over 5 inches long, barely enough for the bic insert. The Minwax (natural) seals the wood pretty well and enhances the grain very nicely. I was tempted to paint or stain the eyes and stripes black, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. I've aways like the natural aspects of wood.....
Let the chips fly, somebody will sweep later.... BfloBif