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 fine skilled craftsmanship of temple-carving can be found at Chatrahi and Brahmour in Himachal Pradesh. The temples have been skillfully chiseled and carved with intricate etchings on pillars and...
The people from Andaman and Nicobar use wood which is locally available in abundance to construct houses, fence plantations, make canoes, furniture and other items for decoration and domestic use....
Sea Mova' tree grows along the seashore. The wood of the root of this tree also known as drift root is used for wood carving. The better pieces of the roots is carved and shaped into beautiful shapes...
Wood carving of temple chariots and palace entrances is one of the oldest traditional crafts that were practiced in Andhra Pradesh. Intricate work depicting Hindu mythological stories and figures in...
This craft is found mainly at Sankheda where the local people craft Sagwan wood into smooth, rounded shapes which are put together in set designs to form the furniture";" these are mainly made as co...
Tarkashi, a popular artform from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, is primarily brass wire inlay work on wood. It was mainly used for khadaous (wooden sandals), a necessity for every household, since...
Raja Rani dolls, wooden carved owls, Radha Krishna idols are made in the most significant manner and are prepared in the six different sizes. There are few images of Ganesha, Durga, Ravana and Laxmi...
Before plastic was introduced in India, combs were made of wood, bamboo, metal, bone, and ivory. Whether simple in design or an intricate work of art, comb-making was a hereditary craft. Now the...
The diverse traditions and religions in Tripura are visible in the wood craft. Wood-carving is widely practised among the hill tribes as well as among those settled in the plains, although the nature...
Saharanpur is well known for its perforated lacy craft. Items are made of sisam, dudhi and sal. The woodcarvers create magic on the articles they prepare. The talent of wood carving is passed from...
The articles made by the nomadic tribal community of vadas in the Nirona region of Kutch include rolling pins, legs for beds, chairs and tables made in hard mango wood covered with red, black, yellow...
Wooden masks of West Bengal are an important part of the social and cultural activities of the state. The artisans are present in Purulia who make wooden masks for the chhou dancers and so are...
The old palaces and mahals of Rajasthan have beautifully inlaid doors with ivory and intricate floral or geometric patterns. This artform is also known as Tarkashi. The same skilled craftsmanship is...
This popular craft of Karnataka is still widely practised. Rosewood inlay work which is done using various shades and hues of wood shavings is obtained from elaborate woodwork. The pattern is traced...
The wooden dolls of Kondapalli are famous throughout Andhra Pradesh. These are crafted by artisans known as arya kshatriyas who use the soft poniki wood to create themes to include everyday scenes...