To be a successful wood carver, one must believe that the art lies within the wood, and all that is necessary is to remove the excess wood. It's after dust and shavings clear that the art emerges.
Wood art is meant to be touched; it takes a delicate touch to really see the image. Carving the wood follows the same magic--it is as much a matter of my sense of touch as it is using my eyes. The hands are better than the eyes to know where to cut.