I have been woodworking in the area for the majority of a decade, and it has taken many forms. First, I made home goods, including hardwood pens and cutting boards, under the name Beringer Wood co. Then, I had a far-reaching company, Dryad Gaming co, that made premium wooden accessories for table top games. Now, I'm back to what I originally wanted to do- make things out of wood that are nice to look at.
I have done this in three ways: First, I have developed an art style that uses small pieces of wood to create landscapes and portraits. It's not really marquetry or intarsia, but rather a form of its own. It's unique in that the wood is not only precisely cut and assembled, but also has a stacking element that creates much more depth than most forms of wooden art. I pay close attention to the species of wood and the grain direction. These inform the overall piece as much as the shape does. Next, I have started laser-engraving artwork on wood panels of wood. These "wood prints" are more simple, but I find it satisfying to see how the artwork and the wood interact with each other and create something a bit different every time. Lastly, I have recently begun creating "data sculptures" of the earth. These sculptures use actual GIS data to carve terrain into wood. These can represent states, parks, islands, or any other natural area of the world. They have helped me appreciate how unique our planet is.
All three of these styles of art very different but begin and end with the same goal: to make things out of wood that are nice to look at.