I have found that carving a small object can be a difficult project, and may well take longer than the carving of something larger.
I remember struggling with the construction of the tiny sailing skiff Kingfisher, a six foot replica of the original Silver Mist made by Dad long ago (about 1958).
Construction of Explorer (1996) was, by comparison, straightforward. Her greater length seemed to be more forgiving of (perceived) defects and imperfections.
I wanted this small spoon to be perfect, or at least beautiful.
Still working on it….