Sandal Wood carving is a form of craft wherein artefacts is made by tools and chisel resulting in a wooden figure or figurine. A wood carver begins a carving by selecting a chunk of wood the approximate size and shape of the figure he or she wishes to create or, if the carving is to be large, several pieces of wood may be joined together to create the required size. The type of wood is important. Hardwoods are more difficult to shape but have greater luster and longevity. Once the sculptor selects the wood, he begins a general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. Once the general shape is made, the carver may use a variety of tools for creating details.