Hope and trust rank high among the words woodcarvers should use regarding the raw wood they work.
You hope that the flow and twists of the wood enhance the finished product. You trust in your skills.
Since wood is a natural material, the flow of grain makes the end products appealing. You’re not just carving a block of plastic, after all.
Often you can’t see the end product hiding in the wood. You need to make leaps of faith, so faith is another word woodcarvers should use.
If you are uncomfortable with hope, trust, and faith, perhaps woodcarving is not for you.