Woodworking is a craft with historical records which go back for centuries. Everyone from ancient Egyptians to modern day homeowners has used loved and enjoyed the art of woodworking.
Woodworking also encompasses a range of different projects, products and goods; from furniture like wooden tables and chairs to bookshelves to décor like picture frames or artistic sculptures, and so much more. Many people who become interested in woodworking often gravitate towards certain types of projects or items that either cater to their particular skills or interest them because of the complexity or the craft involved in doing the work. The following are some of the most commonly undertaken types of woodworking projects.
Furniture is arguably the most common type of woodworking project worldwide. In the past—and still, in some areas—people could only buy wooden furniture that was handcrafted by someone with skills in woodworking. Everything from dining room tables to sitting room chairs to storage shelves and sometimes even beds could be made with woodworking; ornate and luxury woodworking was typically employed for the higher classes of society who could afford to employ people with the skills and experience necessary to create such fine items.
Today, many people can find cheap, mass-made wooden tables and chairs for much more affordable prices than they could in the past. But this doesn’t mean that the art of woodworking to create furniture is lost or gone—on the contrary, more and more people are looking for actually handcrafted pieces because of the quality they possess that no factory made table could ever match. Furniture made with woodworking can be just about anything—tables, chairs, beds, shelves, storage cabinets, dressers, and so on.
Wooden figures have, like furniture, been around for centuries. In the past, wooden figurines might be made with practical purposes—such as the popular wooden ‘fashion dolls’ made in the 18th century for fashion houses, where they would be sent around the world to showcase the latest and greatest in women’s fashion—or with ornamental and decorative purposes, such as wooden figurines painted to look like people, animals, homes, scenes, and just about anything under the sun.
Décor is another popular type of woodworking, and can encompass everything from the aforementioned figurines to other types of decorative projects, such as bird cages, jewelry boxes, wine bottle holders, toy boxes, and everything in between.