there are different approaches for carving.

you can try to let the wood inspire you, and find in the wood what you think you see there. this might be fun and satisfying, but is not the sort of carving i want talk about …

i want talk about carvings having an “aim”, like “i want carve a horse”. so, before we grab the suitable wood and the chisels, we know what we want to produce. a horse, say. basically two approaches exist : “carving from the mind” and “carving with references”…
Continue to read here : The Creativity of References

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