Wood

Wood
Though Indian handicrafts is around 5000 years old, references of wood carving are found from the vedic age, some 1500 BC. A sculpture, figure or figurine may be formed out of working wood by means of a cutting or carving tool. Some of the basic tools are carving knife, a gouge, the chisel, a mallet, v ad u shape tools and of course the grained or sand paper. The scope of carving depends on the nature of the wood. Commonly used wood for carving includes chestnut, walnut, mahogany and teak. Hardwoods have a longer life and lust. Softer wood is easier to carve. Natural oils of walnut and linseed are used to polish the complete pieces to protect them from lust and moisture.

About 65 km from Bangalore is a small town Chennapatna which is well known for its unusual wooden lacquered toys and products. These craftsmen called chitragars are involved in this traditional craft...
Sandal wood is of great religious importance and is an extremely expensive material for carving artifacts.. Karnataka has a huge forest-belt and sandal wood carvers are found in Bangalore, Mysore,...
The village community halls also known as chandimantaps, which were the centres of rural culture had the best of pillars, brackets beams etc. made out of beautifully carved wood. Some of the...
Coloured lacquerware can be found in a large variety of decorative as well as utilitarian articles, including kitchen ware, motor cars, toy telephones, and other items like chairs and table lamps. A...
Wood craft in Kashmir flourished from the 11th century onwards when the people were allowed to freely procure wood from the forests. A grand wooden palace with an overhanging balcony was built by...
The people of Nagaland are god gifted with the skills of multi crafts. Carving can be seen commonly at every entrance gate. It is important for a warrior and the family belonging to high status to...
In Gokak, a village in Belgaum district, artisans create wooden fruits, vegetables, animals and birds using a specialised soft variety of wood --- usually hariwala, polki, and hale. This craft is at...
Wood inlay is the process of decorating the surface of wood by setting in pieces of material such as ivory, bone, plastic, or wood of different colours. This craft is concentrated in Mysore and...
Wood carving requires a lot of precision and is considered to be a promising job. Sandal wood carving involves skillful carving with intricate work on elaborate patterns comprising of interlacing of...
Wooden lacquer ware of Andhra is very delicate art and the artists basically prepare the miniatures of the household articles. The finished products are beautifully crafted and they look attractive...
Karnataka produces the authenticity of traditional lacquer ware .The finest work of wood items such as boxes of various types, decorative items, corners, cradles, playing cards which in the local...
Thin and long strips of ebony, ivory, red wood, bone, and tin are stuck together to make the designs of marquetry, called sadeli, which a speciality of Surat ? a city in Gujrat. This craft which was...
Wood craft was originally patronised by the Buddhist monasteries, where ornate wood work can still be seen. Wooden images of Lord Buddha, and wooden containers and utensils are still in use. The...
The finest wooden carving are in the temples of Tamil Nadu and the piece-de-resistance are the processional chariots for the deities";" these include numerous mounts/ vahanas and small pillared...
Pataras are the traditional customary boxes. These are used for storing items like quilts, linen, valuables and mattresses. There is a tradition of giving a patara to the daughter at the auspicious...
Trivandrum and Trichur have skilled artists practicing rose wood carving from generations together. Decorative items such as tiger, camel, elephants, kathakali dancers, Christ, couple dressed in the...
The technique of lamination of wood objects is unique to Kerala. The products made are dishes, nut-bowls, and table-mats. These are made by joining together pieces of different woods.
The tribals are blessed with the inborn art of carving and make very attractive items. There are wooden chowkies made for measuring grains. Wedding pillars of Bharia and wooden doors of Gonds and...
The famed temple chariots of Tamil Nadu are made of wood and are full of detailed and skillful carvings. The 19th century old Padmanabhapuram palace in Kanyakumari district is a striking example of...
Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh was once one of the largest toy producing centres in India. It is an ancient craft, where the toys are made in wood with sets of birds, animals, orchestras, and dance...
Traditional wood carving in Chhattisgarh is an ancient craft, the skills of which are passed on from generation to generation. The craftsmen are rich in experience and make products like fixtures of...
Mysore, Sagar, Sirsi and Kumta districts of Karnataka are famous for sandalwood garlands. These beautiful garlands are made from the sandalwood shaving having natural fragrance .These are shaped and...
Mysore and Bangalore are the main centers for rose wood carving and artists make beautiful items. There are temples and palaces which have ancestral art of wood carving on the bracketed pillars, door...
The artists from the hills are skilled in encapturing the natural beauty of Kumaon and Garwhal through the craft of wood carving. The craft has declined over the current. However, in the olden days,...
Assam, a thickly forested area, has a variety of wood and timber, including teak. The craftsmen, traditionally known as khanikars, have been engaged in wood carving since centuries and the skill has...