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Focus on wood trades

Focus on wood trades

Wood is a soft and living material rich in a multitude of species. A natural product that must dry slowly before being shaped. A noble material par excellence, it offers an extraordinary variety of renderings and possible transformations. There are many trades related to the world of wood: sculptor, turner, framer, varnisher, carpenter, inlayer, furniture restorer, cabinet maker, lacquerer ... Focus on 4 professions around wood and sawdust shavings!

The cabinetmaker

He designs and produces style or creation furniture. Making contemporary furniture but also restoring or copying old furniture are part of his skills. The finishes are sometimes entrusted to a specialized craftsman: inlayer, bronze fitter, wood sculptor, gilder, varnisher. The cabinetmaker must have an interest in furniture and the decorative arts, but also creativity and a sense of volume.

The straw marker

He is the heir to one of the most precise skills in the craft sector! His profession is to decorate the flat surfaces of furniture by applying, using glue, rye straw cut with a knife and tinted. This ancestral technique, which requires a lot of meticulousness, allows you to make boxes, furniture, screens and decorative panels.

The wood sculptor

He cuts the wood in order to give rise to patterns or shapes. Two sculpture techniques can be distinguished: ornamental sculpture and sculpture in the round. The first is to create reliefs on a flat surface by removing materials. This technique makes it possible to create decorative objects, statues and monumental sculptures. The ornamental sculptor uses his know-how to decorate furniture and panels for furniture and interior architecture.

The framer

He makes or restores a frame for a canvas, a drawing or a photograph. Its purpose is both to enhance them and protect them from wear. Knowledge of the works, techniques and materials composing them is essential to determine the method of attachment and the materials to be used. The work of the framer can be of the order of restoration but also of aesthetics. He chooses the appropriate shape, format, materials and colors. The goal: that the frame is present without being too visible.

Do not miss :

The European Days of Crafts, March 30, 31 and April 1, 2012. Organized each year by the National Institute of Crafts, these 3 days are intended to introduce future trades to different trades . Doors open to workshops and schools, thematic circuits: dozens of events throughout France to see from another angle many fascinating professions that are sometimes overlooked by the general public.