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Jaipur Handicrafts
Jaipur Handicrafts is renowned all over the over the world for their
sheer beauty, splendor and variety. Jaipur is often referred as the
crafts capital of India. Since ancient times the royalty of Jaipur
patronized the craftsmen and artisans, which led to the flourishing of
arts and crafts in the State. The Jaipur bazaars provide rich and 
handicrafts of fascination for the lover of traditional Indian arts and
crafts. Jaipur specializes in providing pachranga or five-coloured
bandhej on saris, odhnis or mantles, and safas or turban. The numerous
cotton textile shops offer fine range of check-weave cotton saris from
Kota. This technique is practiced all across the state. Sanganer and
Bagru close to Jaipur specialize in this art form. Jaipuri Razais are
available in beautiful colors with Sanganeri prints, bright tie-dyed
materials, marble prints on cotton or in brightly hued velvet. .
They are soft, light and warm. Kundan and Meenakari crafts are 
to Jaipur. Famous as world's largest gem cutting center, Jaipur offers
wide range of precious, semi precious stones like garnets, amethysts,
quartz, rubies, emeralds and diamonds. Raja Sawai Ram Singh II brought
the art of glazed pottery in Jaipur. Jaipur is known for its exquisite
range of durable Blue Pottery. Jootis of Jaipur in plain and 
designs are very popular across the globe The woodwork includes
intricately handcrafted furniture like carved doors, windows, dowry
chests, picture, and mirror frames. To give these items an antique look
they are produced on traditional lines and acid washed. Pichwais and
Miniature paintings are easily available in Jaipur. Timeless Indian
paintings, mesmerizing sculptures, Jaipur jewelry store that has 
tribal jewelry, silver jewelry, beaded jewelry, metal jewelry and
more,apparels and accessories, home furnishings,home decorations,
handmade office accessories, toys and dolls, traditional games and
alluring handcrafted furniture – if you think of handicrafts, you have
to think of Jaipur.
Coping saw : Coping saws are very useful for removing bulk. A carving
can often be roughed in with a coping saw, and once the shape is cut
out, knives, chisels, and gouges can be used to clean it up and do the
final shaping. Coping saw blades can be sharpened with a triangle file,
though they are cheap enough that they ore more frequently replaced 
dull. The blade can be installed on the coping saw so that it cuts on
either the pull stroke or the push stroke. Experiment to see which you
like better. To make a cut, clamp the piece to a bench or hold it 
with your free hand or knee. Align the blade with the pencil mark you
have made which will guide the cut. Gently work the saw up and down to
make the cut. You may have difficulty at first, and this does take a
little practice to master. But once you have it down, it is not all 
difficult. Follow the line until the cut is complete.
Rasp : A rasp is a woodworking tool used for shaping wood. It consists
of a point or the tip, then a long steel bar or the belly, then the 
or bottom, then the tang. The tang is joined to a handle, usually made
of plastic or wood. The bar has had sharp teeth cut into it. Rasps
generally cut more coarsely than files. They are useful for rapidly
removing wood from curved surfaces. They remove less wood than a
drawknife, so they are easier to control. Even though rasps leave very
coarse finishes, the cut-away areas can be easily smoothed with finer
tools, such as files. There are several types and shapes of rasps. 
is a half round, round and flat. The several types of rasps are 
cabinet and wood (finest to coarsest). All these varieties can be used
to make different shapes. A similar tool to a rasp is a surform file; 
has coarse, individual teeth like a rasp for cutting wood. The
difference being that the surform has a small hole near each of the
teeth to allow shavings to pass through and prevent clogging. Surform
tools come in different styles and shapes including file-plane, round
file and shaping/shaving tools.
Plane : A hand plane is a tool for shaping wood. Planes are used to
flatten, reduce the thickness of, and impart a smooth surface to a 
piece of lumber. Hand Planes are one of the most satisfying tools to
operate. Clamp the wood securely to a bench, and then push the plane
along the grain. The blade should be adjusted so that it takes a thin
shaving off the plank. A sharp, well adjusted plane will remove a
continuous shaving the entire length of the board. Pay attention to how
the grain runs - if the grain dives into the board, make sure the
plane's blade does not break the shaving off below the surface. If this
happens, try planing in the other direction (see illustration). Once 
blade has been removed from a plane, it can be sharpened in the same
fashion as a chisel. It should be sharpened frequently, as this will
greatly improve its performance. A plane should be stored on its side 
respect the blade. You should also be very careful to not plane into a
nail or a screw, as doing so will put a nasty notch in the blade.
Knife : Carving knives, chisels, and gouges The primary tool for wood
carving is a carving knife. You can use a pocket knife as well, and 
people do. To sharpen a knife, hold the blade at about a 15° angle and
scrape it along a whetstone as if you were trying to shave off a thin
layer of the stone. Be sure to sharpen both sides.
Chisel : A chisel is best used with a mallet. Chisels can be used for
removing great quantities of wood. They can cut across the grain or
slice along its length. Chisels are sharpened much the same way as
knives, but the angle is a bit steeper, ranging from 20° to 35°. Often
they are sharpened at two angles, such as 25° for most of the length of
the blade, and 35° near the edge. This allows the blade to be
resharpened by only honing a small portion near the cutting edge.
Sanding block : A sanding block is a block used to hold sandpaper. In
its simplest form, it is a block of wood or cork with one smooth flat
side. The user wraps the sandpaper around the block, and holds it in
place. Fancier versions use clips, teeth or clamps to hold the paper in
place. Commercial versions can be constructed of various materials. 
are usually sized to hold a quarter or half sheet of sandpaper. Some
versions use the sandpaper belts intended for a power belt sander.
Sanding blocks are helpful because they prevent the "waves" created by
plain sandpaper.