Provence Wood Crafts by Mediterranean Interiors


Wood carving is one of the oldest arts of humankind. Wooden spears from the Middle Paleolithic, such as the Clacton Spear, reveal how humans have engaged in utilitarian woodwork for millennia. However, given the relatively rapid rate at which wood decays in most environments, there are only isolated ancient artifacts remaining. North American Indian carving includes many everyday objects such as wooden fishhooks and pipe stems. Similarly, Polynesian carving can be found on paddles and the tools of their trade. The natives of Guyana decorated their cassava grater with schemes of incised scrolls, while the natives of Loango Bay embellished their spoons with a design of figures standing up in full relief carrying a hammock. Wood carving is also present in their architecture. The texture of wood often proves challenging when trying to create an expression and features of the face. On the other hand, the rough texture of the wood can lend itself to the more rugged features of the aging face. Examples exist of the "beetling" of brows, furrows, and lines, all enhanced by the natural defects of the grain of the wood.In ancient work, the rough surface of the wood may not have been of such importance, since figures were, as a rule, painted both for protection and color. Even from the most ancient of times, color has always been a powerful tool to bring out the beauty and detail of woodcarvings and sculptures, adding depth and dimension to the artwork. In the early 20th century, the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, on which much of this entry is based, commented, "Of late years, carving has gone out of fashion. The work is necessarily slow and requires substantial skill, making it expensive. Other and cheaper methods of decoration have driven carving from its former place. Machine work has much to answer for, and the endeavor to popularize the craft by means of the village class has not always achieved its own end. The gradual disappearance of the individual artist, elbowed out as he has been, by the contractor, is fatal to the continuance of an art that can never flourish when done at such a distance."The art and craft of woodcarving continue to survive as demonstrated by the large number of woodcarvers who continue to practice and advance the tradition around the world.

Article Title : History of wood carving
Article Snippet :full relief carrying a hammock. Wood carving is also present in their architecture. The texture of wood often proves challenging when trying to create
Article Title : Crafts of India
Article Snippet :empires. Throughout centuries, crafts have been embedded as a culture and tradition within rural communities. Crafts Metal crafts include metal work using zinc
Article Title : History of Provence
Article Snippet :the Counts of Provence. In 1481, the title passed to Louis XI of France. In 1486 Provence was legally incorporated into France. Provence has been a part
Article Title : Ed Wood (film)
Article Snippet :Ed Wood is a 1994 American biographical comedy-drama film directed and produced by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as Ed Wood, the eponymous cult filmmaker
Article Title : Marseille
Article Snippet :department of Bouches-du-Rhône and capital of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Situated in the Provence region of southern France, it is located on the
Article Title : Farmhouse
Article Snippet :brick walls and wooden roof. A Mas is a traditional farmhouse unique to Provence and Southern France. Historically there were three main types of German
Article Title : Horse Girl
Article Snippet :she visits a number of places, including the crafts store, where she steals the fabric necessary to craft a pair of protective suit for herself and Willow
Article Title : Hacker-Craft
Article Snippet :000,000 2009 USD). Along with a handful of others, such as Gar Woods and Chris-Crafts, Hacker's gleaming mahogany runabouts captured the public imagination
Article Title : Birch bark
Article Snippet :a valuable building, crafting, and writing material, since pre-historic times. Today, birch bark remains a popular type of wood for various handicrafts
Article Title : David Armstrong-Jones, 2nd Earl of Snowdon
Article Snippet :passion for arts and crafts. From 1980 to 1982 he studied at Parnham House in the small town of Beaminster in Dorset, for craftsmen in wood. He has one full

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