As is the case with stones, the region played an essential role in the selection of the tree in use. Softwoods are easier to carve as they are less dense. However, where an artist wants to create a durable piece, hardwoods are the best option. They also enable the artist to carve out finer details than they would with a softwood.Carving on wood is similar to that in stone. It starts with splitting a tree trunk before roughly creating the design with an ax before using shaping tools on the wood. Once the carving takes place, the artist smoothens the surface and decides on the finishing which can involve glass embellishing, painting or gilding.