Woodworking may be an ancient discipline, but it is always evolving. From the introduction of new techniques to changes in the materials and designs that are used, this artistic industry is one of frequent change. Here is a closer look at some of today’s top trends.
New Design Trends
Design trends in woodworking have influenced both the materials that are used for projects, as well as how the final product looks. For example, it has become increasingly common to use reclaimed wood for furniture, siding, cabinetry, and more. This wood was originally used as timber or decking for structures and items like barns, warehouses, or wine barrels. This creates a distinct look while also recycling previously treated wood.
Many woodworking products increasingly incorporate metal and glass elements as well. This is especially prevalent in minimalist designs, which have also become more popular in the last few years. Rather than using intricate carving, these products feature smooth finishes and a more modern look that incorporates these other materials.
Modern Woodworking Techniques
Hand carving continues to be a popular choice for speciality products, with many customers preferring a more rugged, unique look that can only be achieved when a product is crafted by hand. On the opposite end of the spectrum are techniques such as laser cutting, which uses a concentrated beam of light to engrave or cut precise designs in a wood product.
Another trend worth mentioning is CNC routing — or using computer-guided milling and drilling to achieve tight tolerances and sharp edges on woodworking projects. At Gerber Wood, our state of the art CNC router machines can help you achieve high-quality results with hardwood, softwood, plywood, and more. Contact us to learn more.