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Jeff Bloomberg who use to own Kestral Tool can provide the history of the Northwest Coast Indian art.
When I lived in the Dominican Republic, I tried to get some information on traditional woodworking there. I also tried to delve into Spanish furniture styles.
I didn't spend a lot of time on it, but quickly realized it would take a lot of digging and probably wouldn't turn up a whole lot.
Second, very few tools are used. I saw one man making an ornately carved bed using only a 'roughing gouge' and a paring knife. There was no standing around considering the problem: it was knife to wood the whole time. It looked disturbingly similar to watching a CNC mill carve out parts.
Third, "ground work". The mode of labor is not standing at the workbench. The posture is either squatting, using the ground as the work bench, or sitting, using the feet as a vise.
For all this, the work is gorgeous, sculptural, both stylized and realistic. What is also impressive is that the quality of work turned out by a 15 year old there is far superior (and much faster) than what you see from most adults here.
So it looks like:
English - covered well
Cont. European - needs translation
Estonian - covered
Russian - ???
Chineese - needs translation
Japanese - some, needs more
Other Oriental - ???
Indian - much needed
Persian - much needed
Arabian - much needed
Polynesian - ???
African - ???
Australian - ???
South American - ???
Native American - ???
There are likely other significant cultures I've missed, and also some that might be combined?
So who might be hypothetically interested in info about woodworking tools in Russian (possibly some other former USSR republics) or woodwork in general if I can get it and translate it?
Indian arts and crafts require learning by observing the master. That is a full time job usually crafts runs in communities and are transmitted father to son.
Workworking castes are usually called "Badhai". These caste system still exists though many of the present day carpenters ie those who do work for home and construction industry may now not belong to the caste. They have had no formal training.
Traditional wood working is mostly relegated to specialized carving, toy making and usually depends on tourist & curio trade. There are certain areas which are known for certain types of wood products.
In the last 30 years I have seen that there is a general decline in the quality of carpenters/ cabinet makers and furniture makers as small industries have taken over with cheap non-traditional work delivering really shabby products.
I have been a hobby wood worker last few years. I will be moving to India in a few months. I will probably have a cabinet making business as a primary or secondary occupation in India.
I will try to travel and find out the traditional tools used. There might be some mention in old texts of woodworking tools. One of my distant relative is an nationally awarded wood craftsman. Like some artists he is very temperamental I will try to tap him on that issue.
Only problem is that as a wood worker I'm just a beginner and I have used hand tools only occasionally. Though of late I have taken some time watching Roy Underhill. Had I had access to his books or videos 20 years back things would have been different!!
Anyway if you are interested in collaborating I can do some leg work once I'm in India.
I am interested and very curious what you will dig up once you are back in India.