Furniture manufacturing is a big industry carried out in various parts of the world depending upon the availability of raw material and availability of market. As far as wooden furniture is concerned, there are some forest belts around which the furniture manufacturing is developed due to easy availability of raw material, availability of skilled workmen and also the demand of the people.
Apart from wood, there are some other materials that are extensively used for making furniture such as plastic, brass, stainless steel, mild steel, plywood, and bamboo. Modern wood working machines are utilized in industries to manufacture wooden furniture in bulk quantities. These furniture are sold through dealer networks of some brands in the shopping malls and through individual furniture outlets.
However, the craze and the demand for handmade furniture are still unchanged. The skill in the art of carpentry required to make beautiful handmade furniture taught in some vocational institutions. However, most of the craftsmen would learn through actual hands-on experience under the guidance of other professional craftsmen.
The revolution of the internet has brought a lot of positive changes in marketing style of the handmade furniture. There are many exclusive websites that offer a wide variety of handmade furniture made in different parts of the world. The sculpture involved in making the carvings and designs is also an important factor, as this would influence some localities and cultures also. The handle of a chair or a large sofa chair designed and handcrafted in India would be different from handcrafts in China as the design would influence these two different ancient cultures.
Another important factor is the availability of raw material. That is why we can see development in the wooden handcrafted furniture industry in Kerala, Southern Karnataka, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Tamil Nadu in India and also in some South East Asian countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia. These regions export handcrafted wooden furniture to various parts of the world.
Another form of furniture made with the naturally available raw material would be bamboo furniture. As like the special types of durable woods used in furniture manufacturing, the bamboo canes would also be available in specific geographical areas. However, there are plenty of professional manufacturers that make different types of bamboo furniture and sale through their online stores.
There are prominent companies that offer a variety of cane furniture including sofa sets, dining sets, showcases, racks and cabinets, corner tables, stools, counters and so on made of bamboo canes. These industries make use of some sophisticated tools and machinery for supporting the productivity of the furniture making some processes easy for the craftsmen. Thus weaving, assembling and cutting of bamboo into small equal pieces for uniformity in the looks of the weaves has been made possible through some mechanized processes to aid the handcrafted works.