The Craft of Wood Carving
Karnataka has come to occupy pride of place in the field of wood carving. Holding a Vast densely populated forest reserves, the State provides enough raw material for its craftsmen who continue to employ age-old techniques for carving, inlay-work, coating, painting and lacquer articles in wood.
Ancient temple wood structural design is the foremost variety of wood carving, where wood has been used comprehensively and carved finely into delicate sculptures.
The ceilings and gateways of royal homes and the temples showcase hundreds of intricately carved images of gods and goddesses. Rosewood articles are a one of the shopper's delight, and tourist take home with them articles or sculpture carved out of rosewood, beautifully carved rosewood elephant is most famous of all.
Mysore craftsmen have acquired expertise in wood inlay work making exquisite articles delineating picturesque beauty, tranquil scenes and lot more. The Maharaja's palace in Mysore and the mausoleum of Tipu Sultan in Srirangapattna is the foremost specimen of master craftsmanship where visitors get stun by the startling delicacy in the work.