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Attractive Woodcarving: Featuring Hooker Furniture

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It's the first month of 2021. Fine furniture shoppers and furniture showroom experts know that this is a busy part of the year because January is a great time to buy indoor furniture. 

And what better way is there to furnish your Sacramento home than to invest in heirloom furniture made of wood? And while you're at it, why not  put your money in a Sacramento furniture piece that has charming, rustic wood carvings on it? 

All About Wood Carving 

 
 


Wood carvings are a natural part of many traditional homes and fine furniture. There are different kinds of wood carvings, though. This can be anything from reliefchipletter, to carving in the round.

Carving can only be done with the use of tools such as chisel, knives, mallets and gouges. Carving the round can be accomplished with the use of files and rasps.

Gouges come in different shapes and width. Short and long handles are also available.

Woodcarving History

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If you love the look of carved heirloom furniture in your home, then you should be prepared to learn about its rich history. This craft has been around for the longest time. For as long as man existed, wood has always been there in one form or another so there is no way of dating when woodcarving actually began. If you believe in the Bible, then it is probable that Adam could be the first woodcarver.

The Bible mentioned woodcarving in the book of Exodus Chapter 35. The Dark Ages showed the ups and down of this work of art. European woodcarvers were mostly monks as this art was confined to the monasteries back in the day.

Wood is not one of those materials that can withstand the harsh elements for many years. This is why fine furniture with woodcarvings must be protected if you want them to endure. Unlike the stone carvings that can stay the same for thousands of years, woodcarving is less likely to withstand harsh conditions when maintenance isn't done. Between insects and weather elements, woodcarvings must be protected for them to last.

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Egypt is a rare country that offers favorable conditions for woodcarvings.  Egyptian climate preserved 11 wooden panels under sands for approximately 4,000 years. It was only in 1860 when these were unearthed once more. Called relief carvings, these woodcarvings were found in Pharaoh Hesy-Ra’s tomb.

The oldest churches in England also feature decorative carvings to this day.

If you want your woodcarvings to last through time, you need to learn to take care of them. Woods come in different types so you need to know their individual characteristics so you would know how to keep them from being damaged.

Softwoods vs. Hardwoods 

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The most common softwoods used in woodcarving are – basswood, cottonwood, and butternut. As for the hardwoods, the raw materials most often used are – walnut, mahogany, teak, rosewood and maple.

Basswood comes with little grain patterns that often appear bland which is why they are painted over. This is related to the European lime but the best basswood for carving comes from the northern states of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Cottonwood’s bark is popular among those who carve wooden spirits. It has a tendency to split, though, but it is pretty when unpainted.

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Butternut is quite difficult to find but it has a beautiful grain and color.

Walnut is a hardwood that is difficult to carve with the use of hand tools. The sharpest tools and a mallet are often used to produce the most beautiful carvings.

Mahogany, on the other hand, is reddish, lightweight and has a straight grain. This can be easily worked with power or hand tools though it has a tendency to split.

 
 

Woodcarvers who are just starting should seek out other raw materials first. He can only progress to harder pieces of wood once he experiences success in his first few carvings. Not all carvers show progress right away. Some slink away because of the lack of progress in their work. The wood that they are using could be too hard or too soft that they split.

Since woodcarving is difficult, you should have more appreciation for the master artisans that offer their skills in creating the fine furniture that you have in your home. 

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