WATCH: Wooden blocks, wood planks and other woodworking tools are increasing in popularity among shoppers and home décor makers as the holiday seasons draw closer.
Wood carving has long been a popular hobby in rural areas and has been growing since the 1970s.
The craft has been especially popular in the Midwest, which has a long history of home decorating and home improvement, said Tom D’Agostino, an associate professor at Indiana University’s College of Home Design and Urban Planning.
A recent survey by the American Woodworking Association showed that sales of wooden tools have increased nearly 40% over the past decade in the South.
“The growth is going to be quite significant in the next couple of years,” D’Argenio said.
Woodworking tools can be purchased in craft stores and online.
D’Angelinos said some customers are using woodworking tables to decorate their homes.
In the last two weeks, a number of retailers have begun offering woodworking supplies including tools and hardware to customers in the United States, according to the American Association of Home Builders.
The American Woodworker’s Association says it encourages homeowners to learn more about the craft and to take it seriously.
“If you want to get involved in woodworking, we would urge you to visit a local woodworking store and learn more,” said association president Brian Smith.
The association said it also encourages homeowners and home owners to use natural materials such as recycled wood, natural materials and locally sourced materials, which could reduce the environmental impact of the woodworking process.
“It’s not just about the wood,” D-Angelinos added.
“The environment is important.”