Wood Carved Box – What at first seems to be merely an acquired material culture is actually part of a series of historically and socially significant intercultural subjects and practises.
The typical wood carved boxes can be seen to have link to various cultures all over the world. Many can be found on Etsy and can be an excellent Mothers Day gift.
Carved wooden boxes can teach us about the movements of persons and artefacts, but also about language and cultural interactions and about social and cultural attitudes, and within the different social and cultural realms.
Some works on wood carved boxes will define cultural structures, rituals, and possible practises in dailey lives.
Some example in clude beautifilcally carved boxes from Poland.
Intercultural dimensions of both Polish and Turkish cultural areas must be understood in terms of utilising material culture to understand a place, identification and organisation.
It is possible to understand material cultures and backgrounds, historically solely from a regional point of view. The application of a cross-disciplinary view with both macro- and micro-historical perspectives enriches our understanding of cultural heritage.
This provides an opportunity to extend our awareness and incorporation of our own national and international historiographs and cultural context of geographic significance in the polish region.
The Polish hand wood carved box have been made in the Tatra mountains of Poland for over a millennium. These wooden keepsake boxes were presented in the past as exclusive gifts to royal families throughout Europe and used to keep treasured possessions.
The Polish keepsake wooden boxes are made out of seasoned linden wood. They are decorated using traditional wood working techniques of hand carving, brass and copper inlay, and branding, employed in a unique Polish way that creates keepsake boxes with a quintessential Polish look that is loved by all and eagerly sought after.
The decorated wood carved boxes are stained in a range of natural colors and sealed with a lacquer guaranteeing their durability. The wooden carved boxes are adorned with designs based on plants the natural world around us and a range of geometric shapes.
Beloved by all for their earthiness, natural material, and colorfulness the Polish wooden boxes are being put to wide uses as varied as the imagination of the owner. They are oftentimes referred to as treasure boxes, jewelry boxes, or wooden gift boxes. Wooden boxes are functional objects that can store family heirloom, jewelry as well as become a box present inserted into them.
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History of Wood Carved Box
Wood Carving is one of mankind’s oldest arts. Wooden spears from the Middle Paleolithic, like the Clacton Spear, reveal how human beings have participated in centuries of utilitarian woodwork.
Indeed, the craft’s beginnings go so far back that the use of wood exists, at least where timber is present, as a universal means of creating or enhancing technology in human culture, and as a medium for art. As the Polynesian works patterns on his paddle, the North American Indian carves his wooden fish-hook or its pipe stem.
Guyana’s native decorates his cassava grater with a well-designed scheme of incised scrolls, while Loango Bay’s native distorts his spoon with figures standing up in full relief carrying a hammock.[1 ] Wood carving is also present in architecture.
Figure-work seemed universal. Carving a figure / design in wood may not only be more difficult but also less satisfactory than sculpting with marble, owing to the tendency of wood to crack, be damaged by insects, or suffer changes in the atmosphere.
The texture of the material, too, often proves challenging to express features, particularly in the classic youthful face type. On the other hand, there are magnificent examples of the ruggeder characteristics of age: beetling brows, furrows and lines neutralising the wood grain defects.
The surface may not have been of such consequence in ancient work, for figures are painted as a rule for protection and especially colour.
In the present day it is not always realised to what extent colour has been used to enhance the effect of wood-carving and sculpture even from the most ancient times. Modern colour aversion of gold and other tints may be due to the type of painting work.
The arrangement of a proper and harmonious colour scheme is not the work of the house painter, but the work of the specially trained artist. In the early twentieth century, the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, on which much of this entry is based, commented, “From late years, carving has gone out of fashion”.
The work is necessarily slow and requires substantial skill, making the works 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 which can never flourish when done at so much a yard.” This statement has proven untrue, as the continued survival of the art and craft of woodcarving can be demonstrated by the large number of woodcarvers who have carried on or advanced the tradition in different parts of the world.
Of the work of the 19th century onward little can be said in praise. Outside and beyond the present-day fashion for collecting old oak there seems to be no demand for carved decoration. In church work a certain number of carvers find occupation, as also for repairs or the production of imitations. But the carving one is accustomed to see in hotels or on board the modern ocean palace is in the main the work of the machine, often with finishing work done by human workers.
Nonetheless, the 1800s saw the teaching of woodcarving became formalized in several European countries. For example, the Austrian woodcarver Josef Morigg (1841–1908) had a long career as a teacher, culminating in his appointment in 1893 as Professor at the Staats-Gewerbeschule (Craft School) in Innsbruck, where he served until his retirement in 1907.
In Gröden the institution of an art school in 1820 improved considerably the skills of the carvers. A new industrial branch developed with hundreds of artists and artisans dedicated to sculpture and manufacturing of statues and altars in wood exported to the whole world.
Unfortunately the machine-carving industry, initiated in the 1950s and the Second Vatican Council, caused hundreds of carvers in Val Gardena to quit their craft. A worldwide trade of machine-carved figuerines and statues ensued.
Old fashioned wood carvings are interlinked with cultural aspect of the community from where it cam from. The Polish wood carved box is a beautiful example of this. As soon as machinery was invented to carve wood this skill became a dying art. However, there are pockets of places around the world that still create beautiful pieces as seen in this article. Mother’s day is coming up and Im sure it would makea perfect gift.