Wood Carving Crafts

Wood Carving Craft of Nagina

Well seasoned wood of Dead, dying and fallen trees is used here. The wood is available in the form of logs, which are collected either from Forest Corporation or timber broker, taken to a saw mill and cut into manageable dimensions by a trolley saw. These are reduced to a plank size by band saw. The planks are seasoned for few days so that wood is amenable to carving.
The artisans at Nagina were expert in making items of Ivory and very special Ebony and Sandalwood. Later on when Ivory was banned and Ebony and Sandalwood was not easily available the artisans choose shisham because the low relief work was done best on shisham as well as it was available in abundance locally as well nearby places.
Today Teakwood, Walnut and Rosewood are also used as per the requirement. Rohila, Sal, Babul are used for bold work. Other most commonly used wood are Mango, Tun, Neem, Sal, Jamun and Rohira etc

Here various techniques are used for producing wooden articles like Carving:

Carving which is done manually by using chisels to produce boxes, trays, furniture etc.

Jali or fret -work:

The product which is perforated with any pattern or design.

Turned work:

Items prepared by using turning process with the help of simple lathe machine.

Inlay work:

The wire/piece of Metal or any other things hammered into engraved designs.

Tools of wood -carving

The very basic tools are pulki, chaurasi and chhaini (local names), wooden mallets and hammers but now a lot of improved and mechanized tools are used like hand drills, power drills, power saws etc.