Neem and its wood have been used traditionally in India as a cure for several ailments, diseases, for constructions, handicrafts, to build fence posts, sculptures, ornamentation etc. It has also been bought to use in beautifying purpose of ceilings. Neem’s developing cycle is fast, thus increasing the yield of the plant in a short duration of time- this does not arise much problem of scarcity. Neem trees are widely grown in India and in 30 other countries across the globe. Neem wood is widely used for more purpose than one, of which a unique usage is in its making of sculptures.
The color of neem wood in reddish with a tinge of brown added to it, this color lends an aesthetic appeal to the sculptures giving them a traditional look. It is difficult to polish as it has a coarse texture, but this too works in favor of neem wood sculptures, as this property gives the sculptures a very novel touch, thus making them favorite among sculpture lovers. Though grains of neem wood are interlocked and thus lend it a sturdy and heavy texture, but it is easy to carve with hand tools or machine.
Also neem wood is famous for being a natural pesticide, which is another reason which makes it favorable material to carve sculptures from.
Neem wood is not only durable and sturdy but is easy to carve too. Its durability comes from the fact that they are termite proof and can withstand extreme temperatures; both these properties are inherent in neem wood and thus come naturally to them, without treating them with artificial chemicals and medicines, unlike other woods. Moreover, they have pleasant aromatic odor, which keeps the indoors air scented. Neem wood in Indian tradition is also said to have religious belief to ward off evil and impurities. This is another reason why they are used to carve religious statues and sculptures.
Neem wood sculptures are protected from the wood attack. Neem wood sculptures curb the pests by driving them away from the wood shed. The finely finished tables, beds and wardrobes carved out of Neem wood can actually make one's home look royal and at the same time classy. Need wood is apt to make sculptures.
Hindu dieties sculptures from Neem Wood are most famous and making maximum rounds – gods like Ganesha, Shiva, Laxmi, Parvati are the most frequently carved ones. Apart from these Neem wood is also used for making furniture, end tables, beds, wardrobes etc. Neem wood is also used to make combs, as they are said to avoid dandruff and cure itchy scalp! Apart from this several wooden boxes, decorative sculptures and figures are also carved out of Neem wood. Contemporary neem wood sculpture consists of abstract figures or definite human forms in different emotions. A wide variety of sculpture forms are available- from faces, masks, to standing decorative pieces, wall hangings, etc
Neem wood owing to its natural color lends a heritage appeal to its products. It lends a royal look to the sculptures carved from them. These sculptures can range from smaller, few inches ones, to large ones ranging in 3-7 feet. Smaller ones can be kept in temples for worshipping or decorative purpose, or be decorated on table tops, side walls, or in showcases. While bigger neem wood sculptures can be placed in lawns, galleries, hallway, living room or even in dining areas. This will lend regal appeal to your interiors and its novel look will also add to the simplicity and magnificence of the place.
Since Neem wood sculptures are natural pesticides they need not be treated with termite proof chemicals for protection against wood attack. Dry dusting alone is sufficient to maintain neem wood sculptures. Life of these sculptures varies from 10- 12 years.
The price range of these sculptures varies widely, depending on the size of figure, carving work done by the artisan and experience of the artisan too, as in from whom you buy. Smaller decorative pieces cost from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000, while the middle sized wall hangings cost you Rs. 6000 to 8,000. Bigger sculptures for lawn decoration or hallway may cost you Rs. 12,000 or more.
Neem wood is used to make a wide-variety of sculptures. Neem wood sculptures of Hindu deities such as Lord Ganesha, Goddess Laxmi, and Goddess Parvati are carved on it. Neem wood sculptures of the Hindu deities are placed in the temples and in the living area.
Neem wood sculptures are perfect pieces to decorate your place, be it your temple or your lawn or the hall.