Wood Carving is an art made by carving wood with a sharp hand tool to form functional or decorative objects.
Wood carving is one of the oldest crafts in the world. Carving dates back to the stone ages. Early humans were using stones, bones and obviously wood for carving their tools.
Although wood is an easy-to-use material, there are not too many old samples, since it easily deforms and dissolves in nature. The Shigir Idol is the world's oldest known wood carving. It dates to the era of Mesolithic art, about 7500 BCE. There is another example from ancient Egypt in the Cairo Museum which possibly dates back to 4000 BCE. It is known that wood was in widespread use throughout all the ancient civilizations.