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Woodworking requires forethough, strict preparations and long elaboration. The basic design is chosen by the maaleem from a vast geometric vocabulary; he close his eyes and envisages the design, after which it is drawn out and made into a paper stencil. It is commonly said that a piece of wood is not finished until it is paitned. The painter is called a zawwaga and works with fine donkey-hair brushes. The compilation of floral, plant and geometric star patterns of eight, twelve and sixteen points, is called tastir, and when repeated in an overall design, is known as zaaq;