wood carving


: the art of fashioning or ornamenting objects of wood by cutting with a sharp handheld implement
also : an object of wood so fashioned or ornamented
wood-carver noun

Examples of wood carving in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not just subtle phalluses—say, the titular structure in Thimphu’s Clock Tower Square—but graphic and cartoonish wood carvings in tourist shops; detailed paintings around doorways; a fire-engine red cement statue standing four feet tall. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, 18 July 2023 The ethical womenswear designer and Lagos Fashion Week finalist collaborates with female artisans on a line of demure prints in contemporary loose cuts, and curates a selection of Rwandan handicrafts, from sweetgrass baskets to wood carvings from the rural Nyanza district, south of Kigali. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 19 Oct. 2023 That means that this artifact predates Stonehenge by about 2,000 years—the oldest wood carving ever discovered in England. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2023 Others were skilled in various traditional crafts, including pottery making, weaving, basketry and wood carving. Rodney Coates, The Conversation, 14 Aug. 2023 Artists came up with their own designs, and our national bird appeared on weathervanes, pottery, wood carvings and plaques. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 10 Aug. 2023 Mattia’s family described him as a ceremonial leader in their community who made wood carvings and loved hunting deer. Jack Healy, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Aug. 2023 Archways with elaborate wood carvings resembling muscular waves encircle a long rectangular table set for dinner. Adam Reiner, Bon Appétit, 2 Aug. 2023 This artifact also bears resemblance to the former oldest wood carving found in Britain, a wooden post unearthed in south Wales in 2012. Christopher Parker, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 June 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1710, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wood carving was circa 1710

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“Wood carving.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20carving. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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