Carved Wood Faces

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Carved wood faces can add a touch of cheer, mystery, comedy, or gravitas to your living room, kitchen, hallway, or any other area of the house. Mask-making (and wearing) is one of the truly transformative crafts, as any performer can attest. Once you put one on, you're free to morph into any character you choose. And while you probably won't prance around your home in a carved wood mask, you may find that hanging one on your wall can achieve any of the aforementioned effects.

When most people think of carved wood faces, they think of tribal African masks used in dance rituals and festivals. But given the care and effort that goes into producing even one handmade mask, it's not surprising that these objects are also esteemed for their artistic value. In fact, masks can be even more challenging to carve than low-relief tableaux or inlay, which is all two-dimensional. A carved wood face requires more sophisticated tools than just a detail knife and a gouge.

Where To Go for Carved Wood Faces

You could go to any trinkets shop or curio store for a cheap imitation of an authentic carved mask. But if you're adding touches to your home or office, you're probably looking for a higher quality piece that's unique in its wood color, grain, finish, and style. You may even choose to buy a hand-painted mask that's as celebrated for its vivid colors as it is for its craftsmanship.

A master wood carver can build a mask precisely to your taste. Or, if custom wood carving isn't your taste, you can choose from a host of pre-made masks of various expressions. Just because the work was completed before you ordered it doesn't detract from the labor and skill that went into its creation.

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