An art that has voyaged eras, spanning throughout history with an ingenuity that marked households with a dated inspiration. Incredibly diverse, garlanded with a trailblazing life history and enveloped with a prolific power of striking anyone with awe the fine art of woodworking has its clutches woven round the world. A venture that binds the skill of carving and the art of creativity to concoct items that blesses the households with a fervent charisma. From house designing to cabinetry to carpentry the woods are played with to tailor items that employs differing styles befitting the spaces interior. The woodworkers weave the nature’s greatest marvel to churn out organic, spectacular and renewable decors that is an integral part of almost every culture around the world.

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POPULAR WOODS USED IN WOOD WORKS

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Celebrated for its natural beauty, the selection of wood differs with its employment in the manufacturing of buildings, flooring and furniture. The durability and sustainability of the wood plays a prime role in hand picking the wood. From hardwoods like oak, ash, cherry, mahogany, rosewood, teak and many others to softwoods namely the cedar, redwood, spruce, white pine and cypress, the grain pattern, texture and colors varies multitudes in the pair with the hardwoods lending a strong hand in interiors, furniture, cabinetry etc. whereas the softwoods prove to be a valuable arm in the décor projects.  

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THE HISTORY OF WOOD

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Since the era humans registered the application they could put into, the materials they have around them, wood has been availed and operated to the best of their ability. Concocting an array of items concerning their daily needs, in farming and industry as well as waging war and ensuing peace; they established a decorum pertaining to the used they could put wood into. As opposed to the systematic research used now a days to pluck out the beneficial characteristics of wood, the people of the primitive realm put use their experience in carving out the best application. Evolution panned out and what was simple and handy tools flourished in the contemporary era to serve the humankind with modern and industrially engineered products. The similarities spanning the two world’s entails the manufacturing of tools, weapons and furniture all the while ensuring the quality, availability and cost of the intended product. The process used have carried over generations to serve the current human race with its ingenuity. Practices of thorough matching and fitting, blemish removal and filling cavities are still availed to dish out the masterpiece of an end product.

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Items ranging from machine, mills, buckets, carts, shoes, barrels, furniture to even printing press to name a few were carved with utmost skill and precision bearing the fresh originality and uniqueness that delved to tell the stories of the creativity of our ancestors. Strumming the key role in transportation as well as enacting the chief position as a fuel and raw material, wood has jotted its claim as one of the most versatile material in the chronicles of history.

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ATTITUDE TOWARDS WOOD AND WOODEN PRODUCTS

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The consumers as well as the business customers harbor a specific view point with regards to the multitude of uses of wood in general. Over the sailing years the outlook of people pertaining to the wooden products have suffered a revolution which have fostered changes in the demand it imposes on them. The reorientation has sprung forth higher market demand for wooden products.

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The attributes parading along as an army also helps justifying the pragmatic and affirmative vibe wood exudes. Natural, warm and friendly it strikes a healthy, good looking and easy to use environmental friendliness. Surrounded by wood works weaved around the house with the interiors and furniture flaunting an aura charged with positivity and versatility. In addition to these wood bears the hallmark features an excellence over other materials for its employment in the outdoor realm.

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USE OF WOOD IN DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

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The years from tenth to the eighteenth centuries in Europe witnessed an ascension in the operation of wood as one of the most cardinal and prime materials to use. An array of artefacts from building to machines and tools to furniture and a myriad of other inventions that classified the machine age were crafted from wood. But as the era of wood came to a collapse in the Europe, North American markets documented a bloom with the trending wooden products that continues to foster the American trade with its evolving demands.

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Woodworking in Europe

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  • France: With the French pledging to the employment of wood for fabricating 50 % of the public building with the sole purpose of delving into natural materials the use of timber and organic materials have increase manifold. The architectural builds in Paris, showcasing a plethora of works features a crème de la crème of wooden design have seen as bloom in the recent years. The climatic changes instilled the apprehension of negative aftermath entailing the use of concrete for manufacturing architectures. Harnessed with a positive feedback from the locals the architects have inclined towards using timber wood for the office and apartment complexes.
  • United Kingdom: tracing back to the early centuries, the history of UK is interwoven with wood and its assistance in concocting up wooden structures and furniture. The log houses braided into the UK’s architectural style, has been a rigid and sturdy part of the past and it showcases in the log cabins of the contemporary era parading a complex and striking aesthetic with remarkable functionality. The cozy log structures creating a warm ambience is the prime attraction of the UK residents and foreign tourists being the perfect fit fir relaxing retreats.
  • Germany: Flaunting the timber framed and celebrated ‘post and beam’ construction the orthodox and traditional motifs structured with heavy timbers are the hallmarks of German architecture. The timber exposed exterior of the buildings are famed as half-timbered houses. Spread all over the country the build of the houses constitute the logs and tree over the precut lumber. The use of broadaxes, draw knives and adzes comprise the tools employed by the artisans in assembling the buildings. 
  • Turkey: posing an exemplary long and skill fully cataloged history of buildings fabricated with wood. The chronicle ranges from the splendid architecture of the centuries old great mosque at sivrihisar with its magnificent timber ceilings and internal wooden pillars to the contemporary motifs encompassing the pavilion on the Asian side of Istanbul. Promoting safe environment friendly houses the Turkish history is lined with legislating the historic structures, fabricated of wood defining the ottoman urban life. These somber and modest vernacular are listed amongst the top priority buildings and this just graphs turkey’s intimate link with wood and its beneficial uses.

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Woodworking in North America

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Housing the rank as the top producer of timber, America eventually created a hallmark with its wooden houses which although started because of its ease of construction and faster production flourished to become a trend setter. The climax of sixteenth century witnessed the arrival of British in American soil and so did the journey of employing wood in tailoring houses instead of brick and cement. Its ease to work with and repair on top of its abundance in availability created a foundation of so sturdy it has left its mark to the present days.

Woodworking in Japan

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The marvelous potential of the wooden frame braced with elastic joints honoring the traditional building techniques showcases the ability to resist earthquakes of high intensity. The pagodas, of considerable heights, are the ancient buildings in japan that owing to the excellent aptitude of wooden build, elastically disfigures and absorb acute and critical shakes and compressive shocks.

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WOOD WORKING IN FURNITURES

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An array of types, styles dotted the cruising years with items spanning throughout America, Asia and Europe. As the Asian furniture flaunted a fashion of oriental art with minimalist pieces of japan dramatic designs of china, traditional wood carvings of India and the naturalistic stylings of the Indonesians, all through their use of rare and exemplary woods of bamboo and rosewood crafted furniture with a sought after charm. The European furniture fabricated using mahogany oak and walnut makes them pieces that were trendsetters with its styles varying from neo classical to rococo. Though crafted with dated inspiration from the Europeans and the Asians the American furniture took a turn with its own twist concocting items that range in multitudes with dramatic floral carvings to chic minimalistic.

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As the years sailed the wood working industry amongst the many others got caught crusading through the emergence of technology and improving efficiency. Use of prefabrication, automation and robotics into fabricating pieces into the magnificent beauty and charm ensembles upheld. The heed and vigilance employed to craft and frame hand carved wood furniture tagged with premium prices emits an aura that is unparalleled.

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The array of furniture like tables, chair and benches ranging from contemporary, classic, modern, Mediterranean to traditional is endless. The taste entails the prevailing vogue classifying high end chic and popular demand and style. The wood works of classic traditional and orthodox style is shredded away with the industry delving into unconventional works of unique and eccentric themes of jewel encrusted inlays and live edged furniture.

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The wood has been worked up to proportions to fit the contemporary vogue and people’s inclination to those trends all along aesthetically enhancing the environment by adding the pleasing resonance of warmth with natural tones of wood. This traditional art has bounded leaps to make home in the hearts of modern houses.

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