There's hope for everyone.
Tools? I've asked some to my dentist...but theoneiuse the most is gw's sculpting tool.
How could you start sculpting? Asking, reading, looking for tutorials in internet...and trying...trying...trying.
This is my fifteenth year of hobby. I've started sculpring little details from the beginning but it's only few years i'm trying with sculptures from zero. What's my level? Just look my works in this section and decide.
Never give up...always try one more time.
Oh...don't forgetto buy a whole "jar of patience"...the most important tool you could have.