Wood

Wood was the most available and widespread material. The tradition has left us a number of products and many techniques used today when processing and decorating wooden products.

Shepherd's kitchen utensils and products from Shepherd's art (cups, small cups, butter and smoked cheese moulds, walking sticks) fully follow traditional artwork. The same applies to traditional musical instruments - chalumeaux and flutes. Also included in this group are containers made of mica schist, characterised by their materials and shapes.

Bowl production - axe work - is one of the most demanding artistic techniques. Another name for this craft is wood chiselling. All products made by this technique are used for foodstuffs and they are mainly used for preparing and serving meals (bowls, dishes, bowls, spoons, serving trays).

Products made using barrel-making techniques require adequate environmental humidity and are used for liquids. The container construction is made from strips of wood tightened with a band to keep it together. 

The basis for the technique of wood splitting is to respect the character of the wood as an organic tissue - it does not disturb the wood fibre, so the material keeps it original durability, resistance and elasticity. Thinly split wood provides a special effect when used as a lampshade - wood glare. Characteristics of this technique are also used to good effect in the production of wooden toys, particularly doves. Wood turned products - boxes, bowls, plates, salt-cellars, candlestick and others - are suitable objects for using various types of decorative techniques: incision, metal inlaying, acid etching, colour staining, combining with other materials (metal, glass). Contemporary furniture production uses traditional, so-called dry wood joints, for example doweling and others.

 

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