Now. If you focus on representational carvings, you might approach a piece of wood with the intent of shaping it into a person/place/thing. Your highest aim might be to be like Michelangelo, who claimed to see the sculpture inside the marble and that all he did was “remove what doesn’t belong”.
Abstract sculptor Xavier Puente Vilardell does something very different with his wood creations. The Belgian artist plays with the form of the wood itself, making it look like someone twisted or stretched the tree in an impossible way.