Wood selection for large carving blanks?
I recently started experimenting with carving fingers and the likes, out of maple. I like how they've turned out so far, and would really like to try my hand at carving a full human figure. Full scale is my dream, but even a half scale size would be cool.
My question comes with figuring out how to prepare a wood blank. I don't even know where to start with a blank this large. I know very little about wood mechanics, and am pretty much in the dark here. Do I need to do a massive glue up? I assume if I was to use like a tree stump, it's gonna split over time (I haven't ever dried anything)?
Any info is appreciated!!
Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.