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.

The reflection or the blend of Mughal art is very much reflected in these lacquer ware items. The beautiful placing of accessories such as metal pieces, ivory, plastic, bits of wooden pieces, horn...
The large number of temples in Kerala and the doors, windows, and ceilings of most ancient taravads or ancestral homes show the high level of craftsmanship prevalent in wood-carving. The wood used is...
One of the richest regions for wood-carving is Gujarat. The cantilevered balconies of palaces in Palanpur and Bhuj have been beautifully carved while the majestic doors of traditional houses or...
Hand- block printing is practiced mostly all overIndia and every region has its own style and colour scheme. Pilakhua in Uttar-Pradesh has craftsperson?s making brass blocks and using it for...
Joint-wood craft is a craft of patience, skill and concentration. Teak rose or white cedar wood is used for this craft. To beautify the wood articles brass bands pieces are used, along with appliqu?...
Wood-carving is done with a lot of care and involves intricate detailing and the articles are customarily carved with extremely elaborate patterns consisting of interlacing of foliage and scroll work.
Wooden pillars called Urusguttas are erected in the memory of prominent tribe members in the hilly tracts of Bastar. The main tribal groups found in this region are the Marias and Muria Gonds. Wood...
The craftsmen of Rajasthan are involved in ornamenting wood with painting and lacquering with great skill and creativity. The wooden article is smoothened by rubbing a fine pottery powder prior the...
Wood inlay is a stylised craft found in various parts of the country. It involves the placing of small parts of ivory, plastic, horn, or wood into the carved surfaces of the wooden items. Metal...
Punjab has its own wood work centres and each one has its own distinct style. Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar, Amritsar, and Bhera are known for their furniture and the carving is low relief with geometrical,...
Amritsar and Jallandhar are the two famous cities of the Punjab known for the lacquerware or the abri craft (as known locally). Lacquered furniture like legs for beds and divans in nakashi style are...
Arunachal Pradesh has an abundance of forests which are rich in wood, cane and bamboo. Wood and bamboo houses of this region are famous and each house is made by the collective efforts of the entire...
A limited amount of wood carving is done in the Garo hills. They manufacture toys, mainly human figures, animals, and birds.
Artists scrupulously carve bold and attractive floral motifs onto tables. Some designs involve parrots or religious designs. Sideboards, desks, chairs, easels, screens etc are few other items made by...
Bihar and Jharkhand are two of the few places where the ancient art of wood carving and inlay work is still practiced with wall plaques, table tops, pens and paper cutters being from wood and inlaid...
Manipuri artists carves the traditional motifs on ?want? and ?heijuga?. These are the two locally available and suitable wood verities for wood carving. Decoration is done on scab boards, leather...
Udaygiri in Nellore district known for its wooden cutlery and wooden salad bowls, continues a tradition that is about 150 years old.
Rose wood, shesham, and sandal wood are most commonly used in Haryana for carving and decorative purposes is. Jali / trellis work is also popular here.
Wood carving is an old art form practiced in different parts of Orissa in many unique ways. Colourful or painted wood carving is famous of Puri where the local skilled artists prepare the finished...
Goa's rich tradition in wood-carving is visible in traditional houses there. The Portuguese influence is shown in the Western-style furniture made export. The designs used, however, are Oriental.
Etikoppakka, a village (about 80 km from Vishakapatnam) in Andhra Pradesh is well-known for its lacquered toys and products. Tradition has it that the craft has been practised continuously for two...
Sandal wood is used extensively to make religious images. Carving is intricate and fragile.
Lacquerware craft of Bihar is unique and has ritualistic connotations. Bihar produces raw and shell lac in huge quantities. Kusum is one of the varities considered excellent for making legs of beds,...
Wooden Toys of Kinhal, Karnataka Kinhal, a tiny village in Raichur district of Karnataka, has an immensely rich artistic heritage. It was once a flourishing centre for crafts, the most well-known...
The wood carving of Rajasthan is an age old craft which was highly in demand during the royal age. In the earlier days there used to be special artists working in the palaces who were also supported...