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You’ll find carvers of wood right through the country. Life in India, one is forced to acknowledge, simply cannot happen without them. They are quite vital to the Indian way of life: they model wooden deities; they decorate our places of worship; they fashion all sorts of utensils like ladles, cooking spoons, and the critical rolling pins (to make chapattis of course); they carve windows and doors of many a home in rural India; and they make exquisite furniture.

Woodwork goes back a long time. Brihatsamhita, an early 6th century text by Varahmihira, holds forth about the sanctity of wood, specifying the type and use of trees. Certain trees are suitable for icons while others would probably be better used in houses and buildings. Sir George Birdwood says,
"South India serves as the best place for the study of wood carving" amply testifies the importance of this craft.

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