Hand Carved Wood
Wood carving is one of the oldest arts of humankind. Along with stone, clay and animal parts, wood was one of the first materials worked by early humans. Microwear analysis of the Mousterian stone tools used by the Neanderthals show that many were used to work wood. The development of civilization was closely tied to the development of increasingly greater degrees of skill in working these materials. I for one feel that hand carved wood art can bring me to that instinctive “down to earth” feeling that we all need!
Wood carving is mentioned in the Bible in the book of Exodus, Chapter 35. It reads as follows:
30 Then Moses said to the Israelites, “Look, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, from the tribe of Judah. (Uri was the son of Hur.) 31 And he has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God—he gave Bezalel special skill and knowledge to do all kinds of things. 32 He can design and make things with gold, silver, and bronze. 33 He can cut and set stones and jewels. He can work with wood and make all kinds of things. 34 The Lord has given Bezalel and Oholiab special skills to teach other people. (Oholiab was the son of Ahisamach from the tribe of Dan.) 35 He has given both of these men special skills to do all kinds of work. They are able to do the work of carpenters and metalworkers. They can weave cloth with designs in it from blue, purple, and red yarn and fine linen. And they are able to weave things with wool.
If you are old enough, or if you talk to your parents and grandparents, you know that at one time, doctors made house calls. Also, if you pay attention to old buildings and old furniture, you can see that there was a huge amount of time spent on making really ornate furniture and buildings by way of intricate wood and stone carving. Amazingly, this was not just reserved for the rich customer. Everyone had ornately-carved, handmade furniture and nearly
every building was way beyond the glass and steel monoliths we see today. Although there is not as much seen in the United States, there is a huge amount of it in most, if not all, of the countries of Europe. Such things as gargoyles and filigree in both wood and stone are found everywhere there. Maybe that is why stores selling Amish furniture are so popular here.
Sadly, it is rare to find this sort of thing anymore in our modern world. Nobody seems to have the time or want to take the time to do these sorts of things. But in many parts of the world, hand carving of wood is still alive and well. I know the beautiful works of art that I have seen are created with love and a true connection with the wood the artisans have used.
Take some time to enjoy wood and its essence with the earth! Please feel free to leave any comments below!
I also have some articles on the brief history of stained glass, the simple beauty of pottery, hand carved wood, handmade pottery from Nicaragua, handcrafted wood decor, stained glass lamps, handcrafted wooden boxes called Waka Huia, handcrafted wreaths, tapestries, the beauty of stained glass, pottery by hand, and people that create art with their hands. I hope you take a few moments to read them and thanks so much! For more about me, go to the About Me page above.