The wood inlay craftsmen in the beginning used ivory for the
inlay work but ivory has now been replaced with bone. Plastic, different woods,
shell and acrylic are also being used.
Wood is first
seasoned and the design drawn on it with a pencil. The pattern is engraved onto
the wood and the designs are carved out.
The acrylic sheets or whatever inlay material is to be used
are cut carefully as per the design and after that set into the carved recess
of the base wood with a mixture of adhesive and sawdust.
Beautiful metal inlay
with brass or copper wires is also done. After inlay the surface of the wood is
leveled and a thin layer of beeswax is applied to the surface in order to give
it smoothness and gloss.
Intricately carved jewelry boxes, and other decorative and
utilitarian items are crafted. Traditional techniques of decorative wood work,
carving, inlaying, turning, and lacquering are being applied now to high-quality furniture and accessories.
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