Thanks guys for your answers. Will, unfortunately I will not be able to come to your workshop at Hukilau this year, way too far for me. 4WDtiki, I do have some carving experience but not much, back in art school more than 20 years ago. I did check Billy Crud work, looks great and is full of inspiration.
I do have this large piece of wood at home:
I was even considering the option of only do the painting without going first into the carving, or at least not going into the whole carving process but few carved details.
In the meantime I found this short film which I found really cool:
I will keep posting the progress, thanks again,