Wooden art is considered as one of the oldest types of art. Since the beginning of Stone Age, wood carving is an art form which remains common to all the cultures, not just because of the easy availability but also for its low cost. The only drawback that it gives is its non-perishable. You would be aware of the fact that wood is water absorbent and is also vulnerable to insects and airborne fungi, thus, it can degrade quite rapidly. As an outcome of this, wood is now replaced with the bronze, marble and other types of stones for the monumental works.
In ancient times, where was the wooden work or art noticed?
One of the amazing things that you ought to know is that in Africa, wood was used primarily to produce masks, statuettes, some of the religious objects and other general decorative items. When we talk about the American wooden art, then wood was used for oceanic art for carving the ceremonial canoes and other objects. In addition to this, wood carving was also very common in the Greek, but it was considered as less prestigious than the ivory carving. In the medieval period, while in the Romanesque and Gothic architecture, wooden art was used in the churches and cathedrals and then after a certain course of time, it was then used in the fine furniture and interior decoration.
How was wooden art originated?
When we talk about the Paleolithic art and culture, then you’ll come to know that it is full of the instances of prehistoric sculpture. Out of those examples, the Venus figurines, was carved out of the ivory, animal bone and rock. Undoubtedly, wood was also used while carving out that but a little has only survived. Also, you know about the Shigir Idol which was carved in almost 7500 BCE was considered as a masterpiece in the Mesolithic period.
Wood was also used in the ancient civilizations. If we talk about it particularly, then in the Japanese art, Mesopotamian art and Egyptian art, wood was used to carve out. Also, wood was much common in the Archaic Greek sculpture.
How modern wood carving is done?
Some of the modern wood carving includes:
While carving, ODE Craft make use of both the softwoods and hardwoods are made into use and the most importantly used woods are oak, mahogany, walnut, elm, lime wood, chestnut, ebony, boxwood, cedar, cypress, olive, teak and pine.Wood composes both the benefits as well as disadvantages as the sculpture medium. Just because of the fact that it offers fibrous strength, we try our level best that the objects are carved out more precisely than stone or animal bone.