The territory of Québec was long recognized for its richness in wood; it was an abundant, easily available and inexpensive material. The various local wood species were used with know-how and creativity, to make a variety of --more or less- utilitarian objects ranging from architecture to furniture, from religious sculpture to the simple branch one would carve down relentlessly with a knife as a simple pass time. Working with wood also refers to a series of different specialized trades, such as cabinetmaker, carpenter, carpenter, etc. If wood is scarcer today, current woodworkers now have access to varieties of precious, exotic, rare woods, with which they skillfully craft containers, sculptures, furniture, body ornaments. The latter thus perpetuate the tradition of excellence established by their predecessors.


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