Wood carving is one of the few acts where the mess you make is as lovely as any object you produce. When something is as hard to do as wood carving, it's a good thing to really enjoy the process.
The cedar chips are softly fragrant. They sweep up easily and are good for starting a fire or adding them to my pile of wood chip paths in the garden. It's easier to focus on producing more chips than to keep noticing how far I am from finding the the figure hidden in this block.