TYPES OF WOOD: -
We normally use following types of woods for the production of handicrafts and luxuriosly carved items. We pay extreme attention to the seasoning of the wood planks. The thinner planks are seasoned in our seasoning facility while the thicker planks are kept in a special solar seasoning plant for six months or in fire oven for quick seasoning. The carvings are finished by machine as well as by hand to give the final smooth finish to the surface of the carvings’ features. Our woods have properties as described below.
The color of this wood is light and dark red. This is the best wood for carvings and finishing. It is particularly used by custom furniture makers due to its light weight, sharpness in carving and durability. Mahogany may be finished with natural polishes or it may take any synthetic paint. This is the best carving wood; hence we normally use it to develop all of our new designs. All small and delicate appliques as well as large corbels are carved better in this wood. All designs such as appliqués, swags, corbels, brackets, drops, carved flowers and other decorative carvings are produced in this wood to yield the best result.
The color of pine is yellowish white and sometime brownish. Pine is mostly used for large sized wood furniture and as timber for architectural buildings due to its light weight and high strength. Its annual rings, also known as “grain,” are the most attractive part of its beauty and is accentuated in carvings. These rings appear in the form of natural grain stripes. Pine can only be polished with natural wood polish, so that its natural grain may appear through the colorless protective finish. It does not take any synthetic color paint as it already contains wood resins. Architectural wood carvings and building construction companies in Europe purchase wood carvings and produce architectural salvages in this wood.
3: INDIAN PAINT GRADE
There are a few woods we use for paint grade but mostly Mango wood seve the purpose. Carvings always result in very sharp edges. It accepts natural wood polish as well as synthetic paint. It has no grain. Burning finish gives great result in this wood. This naturally yellowish multicolour Indian wood is mostly used for a wide variety of small and medium Appliqué carvings. Large appliqués with thin sections cannot be effectively produced with this material. Large sized corbels and other items with substantial thickness can be best produced with it. All designs such as appliqués, swags, corbels, brackets, drops, carved flowers and other decorative wood carvings are architecturally produced in this wood. It is best for all type of paint application.
Sheesham is blackish red in color and is the strongest Indian answer to Teak and strong Rosewood. It has replaced the Walnut in the furniture industry in India. It is as strong as teak, as grained as pine, as dark as mahogany, and produces the best result for finishes of carvings. It is good for natural polish as well as any type of paint. Sheesham contains all qualities that may exist in any type of hard wood. It is best for applied carvings and very good for carved furniture and fireplace mantles. It is mostly known as timber wood. All designs such as appliqués, swags, corbels, brackets, drops, carved flowers and other decorative items are the right application for this hard and dark wood in architectural buildings for custom as well as applied carvings.
Teak is one of the hardest woods in India and is mainly used in the home construction industry and by furniture manufacturers. All architectural wood carvings in teak are used in churches and other superior quality projects. It is the best material for smaller carvings and can be polished to highlight the grain of the wood visible through the stain. Teak is one of the most preferred woods for furniture makers for chairs, tables, beds, etc. Teak beds can be decorated with carvings. It is also well known for its durable sharp edges in the carved item.
We have recently launched some of our new designs in IMPORTED hard woods such as WHITE MAPLE, BLACK WALNUT, AMERICAN RED CHERRY, WHITE ASH, STEAM BEACH, SPRUCE and WHITE OAK.
Prior to any application, all the wood we use is seasoned in our solar area as well as in our kiln drying wood seasoning plant. We use wood blanks when their moisture content is in the range of 12 to 17%. It contracts further during and after carving. We maintain a large inventory of wood in our raw stock, which is used for carvings for many years. It provides natural seasoning. Also, all the wood planks are chemically treated before use for all types of pest and worm control. Some wood that we do not season is imported from other countries and is already well seasoned and certified chemically treated.
Finishing is a very important part of our process since our carvings will be rendered more attractive with appropriate treatment. In India, machine work is done only for some larger and thicker carvings. Most of the delicate parts of the carvings are sanded manually by skilled craftsmen with abrasive papers. Sanding by hand is done in our factories under the able supervision of the skilled and experienced quality control inspectors who evaluate every variation in the originality of design and quality of the carvings. We use international quality sandpaper and adhesives that do not alter the original texture of the wood. Three types of brush are used to enable the carvings to shine at their highest clarity and are an important factor in the finishing process. All designs such as appliqués, swags, corbels, brackets, drops, carved flowers and other decorative items as well as wooden and marine instruments and nautical brass products are especially finished with by hand for maximum luster. Items such as ship wheels, antique reproductions of the century-old telephone sets, key chains and rings, telescopes, compasses, sand timers, helmets and other antique as well as reproduction items are wax finished using traditional hand finish techniques.
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