Published on June 3, 2014 by Carol
Wood carving is a vigorous Cherokee Indian craft.Its styles have been shaped over time by White mountain carvers, by woodwork taught at boarding schools, and by the general art world.
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But Cherokee Indian wood carving has keep its original form. Early carving focused on household utensils, such as ladles, spoons, and dough trays which found an early outside market. A corn beater called the “Ka-no-na,” was carved from wood and used for the processing of corn into meal.
Pipe carving in stone and in rhododendron root was a major tradition in sculpture, and provided cash income from outside markets throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Wood masks for ceremonial purposes would have a maket in the tourist trade.
Naturalistic and stylized life forms in full relief have been adapted from the animal and human figurines on pipes and have carried over the strength and the grace of ancient forms into modern wood sculpture. Cherokee Indian wood carving shows a history parallel to that of basketry in its development.