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Wood turning can be considered one of the oldest of crafts practiced in the Maldives. There are two varieties of wood turning practiced by Maldivians but both involve shaping a piece of wood to carve out various shapes and forms. The same techniques are also sometime used to turn pieced of metal and stone.
Historically, the turning of wood and metals were one of the most important crafts practiced by men in the country since several of the tools utilised in fishing and other economic activities as well as utensils for everyday use and decorative objects were produced using this technique. Hence, Maldivians could not have done without the regular practitioners of this craft. And even if few in number, at all times wood and other material turners were found throughout the country. It was only in the latter part of the 20th century that craftsmen began utilising various electric tools to replace these old craft practices.