An onlay is a term that describes an object that decorates the surface of another object. In other words, the decorative treatment will literally lay on the object’s surface. When onlays are carved from wood, the goal is to create the illusion that the onlay is carved from the wooden surface it adorns.
Carved wood onlays are also known as applied wood carvings (wooden appliques). Onlays are typically used to beautify millwork, which tends to be featureless and bland because it is mass produced. Applying onlays is a wonderful way to add interesting detail to woodwork and lend a customized touch to your home. American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously declared that “God is in the details.” Breathe life into your home’s architecture and apply onlays to your woodwork.
Your home will be imparted with your personalized essence, making your home a memorable place to visit and an inviting place to live.
Wood carvings are commonly used for creative interior design projects. You can create beautiful designs using wood carvings on fireplace mantels and pediments (over door panels). By incorporating wood onlays into pilasters or wall panels, you will be able to add your unique personal touch to your interiors.
Quality carvings can enrich virtually any surface of your home. Wood onlays create a splendid look on any door or ceiling panel, in combination with other architectural products (medallions, moldings, etc.) wood carvings can be used in the creation of impressive ceiling designs.
Triple sanded smooth surface of our wood onlays allows for a perfect finish. All wood onlays can be finished using stain to enhance the natural look of the wood. Alternatively, you can finish your wood carvings by painting them with any household paint. All and all, for a person with imagination and creativity there are endless opportunities of bringing the energy and beauty of wood carvings into your life. (preparing your space for wood carvings installation).
Presently, the art of carving wood by hand is making a strong comeback. Man-made, modern materials cannot replicate the warmth and beauty of natural wood. History tells us that ancient societies from all over the world have engaged in the worship of trees, some believing that the gods lived in trees.
While the present day saying “knock on wood” is a good luck charm with direct roots to these ancient beliefs, the positive energy that emanates from trees cannot be denied. Wood’s texture is pleasing to the eye, whether in a raw, natural state or constructed into a piece of furniture.
Our beautiful carved wood onlays come in a range of traditional styles and classic motifs proven to withstand the test of time. The carved wood onlays featured on this website are elegant, timeless designs that enhance many decors. The impressive designs are embedded in historical traditions of adornment and architecture; translating into the graceful details that will give your home a distinguished look.
The need for beauty is a trait unique to the human experience. Ornamental wood carving is a consistently visible presence throughout history because it satisfies this desire for the aesthetic. Wood carving is an age-old, artistic process where wood is ornamented with design by means of sharp cutting hand tools.