Why wooden furniture was gifted in olden days?

In ancient times when the sages were aware of the vastu principles, they used to use them in day-to-day life as well. Vastu for them did not mean only the architecture part. It actually meant that they wanted balance of all the forces of nature in everything they did. Over a period of time, the vastu principles became a part of the culture and all actions done by even ordinary people were in line with vastu. Even the rulers had royal astrologers who would give the advice about these things.
One of the major areas of daily life is the giving and taking of gifts. Even in ancient times, this was prevalent. But it was limited in the sense that the availability of items in those times was limited and people used to lead a simple life.
But the gifts were of prescribed nature for specific occasions. Why? The reason is vastu. These prescribed things were gifted and were accepted, as they would change the pattern of energy and natural forces for the person taking them. Over a period of time these things became common and are even visible in the form of customary gifts for occasions. For example, in most of the cultures it is customary to gift clothes on the birth of a child. In olden days, wooden furniture was also gifted a lot more than these days. Wood if considered as energy – is constantly in motion, driven to grow and expand like the green shoots bursting forth in spring. The predominant energy and significance with wood, is being appreciated for being firmly grounded with deep roots at home. From this place of stability and strength, potential is unlimited, and the capacity to succeed against all odds. Color symbolisms of associations with wood are green and blue.
Converting this wood energy into a commercial plus usable design form, and forming a basic structure, like furniture, artifact, sculptures etc.
Wooden furniture items were and are still gifted by a many people but how do they affect the native is not known to many people.
Wood is ruled by Jupiter and as such gifting furniture will bring auspicious forces in the house and will bring prosperity and luck to the inmates of the house. Furniture made of wood suggests the influence of Jupiter and the furniture made of iron suggest the influence of Saturn. A combination of wood and iron is a lot common while making furniture with Sheesham wood. The craft-work is called ‘Jaali’ work. The craftsmanship that went into making of wooden furniture was always hand-made, which gave that personal touch to the idea of gifting.
Though, it’s said that the choice of furniture as a gift to someone must be done with consideration. Even if the study of feng shui is put aside, one needs to be alert of the toxins that reside within old furniture, such as leaked mercury in old clocks or formaldehyde glues in furniture made of layers of wood. Many of these hidden toxins can cause health problems. It is of utter importance that wooden furniture is always re-energized or if spoken in modern terms is always maintained nicely.
At present exchange of gifts in the society, specifically in India, is becoming an essential part of our relationship with others. There are occasions like marriage, birth days, festivals, housewarming etc – and there is no limit to the occasion to gift someone with a wooden piece of furniture, artifact or just a small box to hold the tiniest of your memory.
– By Natural Living

Exchange of gifts has been a normal phenomenon among the human beings from time immemorial. In ancient times, our rishis and munis were fully aware of the significance of the day-to-day activities of men and women and the way it could affect the entire balance of one’s life. Thus, even the giving of gifts can be determined by taking into consideration the planetary influences.
In the present day context, a planetary consideration on gifts can take on a priority over making a choice., What makes the process very complicated is making a choice of a proper gift.
There is an infinite variety of things available in the market. One can choose a gift of any color or of any price. In each category of gifts there are innumerable aspects. The general gifts include: furniture, cosmetics, clothes, sweets, jewellery, stationery items, electronic items and even property. Sometimes even flowers suffice.
39It has also been observed that certain gifts are being exchanged these days for no specific occasion. The person should be aware of the items which are being gifted. The person accepting them should also be careful these days as there are innumerable items which may not pass the test as gifts as per the canons of vastu. This has a strong correlation with astrology as well. Astrology also tells you the effects of various planets. The effects of natural forces of these planets affecting us decides our way of thinking and the way we work in society. This is unique to every individual. Hence, this aspect must be given due consideration while selecting and taking gifts. An item rejected by one is liked by the other is an indication that different forces operate for different people.

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Wooden Furniture Market.

International wood industry is becoming complex and interesting at a growing pace. This industry has come to limelight only over the last decade, due to a number of revolutionary reasons like – globalization, production assortment and development in technology.
Major countries which increase their economic growth in wood industry are China, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Europe and America. Europe and America are the continents that compete with Asia – because of the abundance of wood in Asia and also because it is available at a cheaper rate.
These furniture industries have shown incredible economic growth rate recently, for a lot many reasons. Europe – has responded to this competition by enhancing productivity, targeting only the niche market, bringing in a lot of creativity in the design structure and in craftsmanship, in the quality of the product and with new ways of marketing strategies to create demand for them.
Though the level of skills involved is not as sophisticated as in craft works. The development of craft skills is essential for the survival of European furniture industry. Craft skills are necessary to produce high quality, intricate furniture items based on solid wood.

craftmanship-wood1These craftsmanship skills, if considered from an Asian country’s point of you, especially India – the markets are filled with highly skilled labor market. Cheap labor producing high quality sheesham wood furniture, from normal furniture to intensively detailed wooden carving work with antique style in furniture. Cities like Jodhpur, Rajasthan – become the pioneer cities for producing furniture, which showcase beautiful artistic craftsmanship, and all of that is done handmade.
These skills in European countries are mainly computer operated numerically controlled machines, which might give that precise symmetrically patterns but lack the innovation in intricate carving designs and patterns, which is typically an art form developed in Asian countries, especially India, China, Indonesia and Thailand.
Demand for such wooden hand-crafted furniture has increased a lot over the last decade in European and other countries, especially because of the detail carving and craftsmanship that goes in the manufacture of those antique looking wooden furniture.
Craftsmanship is an art that is embedded in the bloods of Indian workers, while this process is a much programmed process outside Asian countries.
Other than the best features like durability, sustainability in all kinds of weather and the fact that it is so beautiful aesthetically speaking – the demand for sheesham furniture has increased in European market, and even in Indian market because of the abundance in sheesham wood in these countries. The labor cost that goes into the production of such hand-crafted furniture is cheap and affordable.
That becomes an important factor while importing sheesham furniture for these foreign countries than spending thousands and million in a training program to acquire those craftsmanship skills, which anyway is an effort for these countries to make the younger crowd understand the importance of wood, wooden furniture and craftsmanship.
Regal exports have been one of the major brands to export hardwood (sheesham) furniture to European countries. With stores all over India, including Jodhpur, Goa, Pune it has seen a tremendous growth in the economies of scale. Being located in a country (India) where Sheesham wood grows in abundance and the craft skills are drunk to perfection, it has become one of the biggest online stores to export Sheesham wood furniture to European countries. Regal Exports also – provides custom designed furniture too, with beautiful craft work which is completely hand done.
This personal touch to the furniture is becoming a trending demand in foreign countries.
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Benefits of Sheesham Wood

Benefits of Sheesham Hardwood.
Sheesham hardwood
Sheesham, or scientifically known as Dalbergia Sissoo, the mostly famous for being used in making furniture. It is the most useful timber source in India.

Found throughout the sub-Himalayan region, from the Indus to Assam. Sheesham, Shishan, Shisham, Sissoo or Sisu, the tree is also found in many parts of India, especially in the Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Assam.
Large quantities of the Sheesham timber are available from Uttar Pradesh and the Punjab.

The Sheesham wood is described as golden brown to deep brown in colour, with darker streaks that give the wood an attractive appearance.
• The wood is hard with a uniform and medium coarse texture. It has a good natural resistance to decay and is considered to be a popular carving and engraving wood in India.
• Sheesham lends itself perfectly to the cabinet making industry as it seasons well and does not warp or split.
• It is extremely durable and is one of the timbers least susceptible to dry-wood termites. The wood offers resistance to sawing and cutting but is excellent for turnery, takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth surface.
• Each piece of Sheesham furniture will have a unique colouring, thanks to the well defined grain of the wood, which can be brought to a fine finish by hand waxing.
• Sheesham furniture often features hand forged wrought iron work, known as Jali ironwork.
• As well as high quality furniture, Sheesham is also used for marine and aircraft grade plywood, charcoal for heating and cooking, musical instruments, ornamental turnery, carving, engraving, tool handles and sporting goods.
• Its root wood is used for tobacco pipes. In village industry Dalbergia sissoo (sheesham) is popular for doors and windows. Sheesham makes the perfect space for Antique Furniture.
• The wood takes a good polish and finishes to a smooth lustre.
• The beautiful natural patterns make for an enchanting finish to enjoy in your home
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Why Sheesham hardwood-

The wood has a rich chestnut colour and is ideally suited for making furniture due to its hard nature and close grain that polishes well and finishes to a smooth surface. As a natural material each piece of Sheesham timber has individual markings and characteristics resulting in every item of furniture being totally unique.
It is strong, durable and beautiful.If you want a smooth finished wood with natural marking in a chestnut colour, sheesham wood should be your choice.You’ll be pleased with the life you’ll get with them, so you can enjoy them for decades.