When ever I am traveling and whittling I like to place a whittled piece into a scene that reflects on where I was when I whittled the piece.
Recently I returned from 2 months in Florida. Since I am always carving/whittling Gnomes I thought I'd make a scene in which to place the Gnome. We stay at a house on the beach, and I spend some time walking the beach. Some times I pick up a few shells.
I like to pick up the shells and some drift wood that has washed up and combine them with a Gnome for myself and as gifts to folks.
Use a clear adhesive (6000), then spray the scene with polyurethane.
I sign, give the location, and date the bottom of the driftwood.
Give this a try!