There was a much deeper level of engagement with the 'object' of his work. One could almost say there was a 'life' relationship between him and the wood.
It speaks volumes into a culture that would have been inclined to mass produce the object and fell a forest in the process. Whatever object we work with we ought to contemplate it in the wider sphere of things, its meaning for others, our relationship with it, the consequences of our actions and the like. (Words inspired by Parker J. Parmer, The Active Life)