Wood carving is a form of working wood by means of cutting with tools and chisel resulting in a wooden figure or figurine. A wood carver begins a carving by selecting a chunk of wood the approximate size and shape of the figure he or she wishes to create or, if the carving is to be large, several pieces of wood may be joined together to create the required size. The type of wood is important. Hardwoods are more difficult to shape but have greater luster and longevity. Softer woods may be easier to carve but are more prone to damage. Once the sculptor selects the wood, he begins a general shaping process using gouges of various sizes. Once the general shape is made, the carver may use a variety of tools for creating details. Once the finer details have been added, the wood carver finishes the surface. After the carving and finishing is completed, the artist uses a variety of natural oils, such as walnut or linseed oil which protects the wood from dirt and moisture. Oil also imparts a sheen to the wood. Objects made of wood are frequently finished with a layer of wax, which protects the wood and gives a soft lustrous sheen.
It is handcrafted and the carvings that can be seen in idol has been intricately designed. The 'Peedam' located at the bottom portion of the idol has lots of small Ganapati forms (roopam) carved -Mushika Vahana Ganesh are few of the forms that can be seen at the peedam. The luster has been achieved by finishing it in melamine matt.
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