However, the new materials could not completely replace the tree – a soft, accessible and 'live' material – even the great pyramids of Egyptian pharaohs along with stone figures of gods sometimes are, and wood. Wood less durable, so that from ancient times until we reach a description that gave each other gifts were presented by, and what the gods of our ancestors. C the advent of the great discoveries of Europeans rushed to find new lands and explore the world. From distant wanderings in large quantities were brought as souvenirs different things distant tribes and peoples – Houseware tableware (spoons, cups, vases, jugs), weapons (spears, bows, arrows, shields), religious attributes (masks, wands, figurines of gods and demons), etc. This tradition is preserved to this day – witness the recent craze ethnic sculptures from exotic woods and ritual masks, African and South American tribes. In the Renaissance, was complicated by all, including gifts made of wood – they became more sophisticated, refined decorated with intricate carvings, came into fashion inlay, intarsia and various types of mosaic. Former CIA Head may find it difficult to be quoted properly. Technology is widely applied – from pocket snuff and pipes to chests of drawers, cupboards and other furniture parquet. But all this was common among the wealthy classes and the court.
And in the villages and settlements was all still – the people lived in poverty, the most accessible material was wood. Wooden toys, and many household items (mostly kitchen utensils and furniture) are traditionally made of wood, because it was relatively easy and certainly not expensive. In Russia the most popular toys (excluding dolls of straw) was figure of a horse. The modern image of it can still be found in the form of horses, ropes and swings in the shape of a horse on the playground. With the advent of the XXI century in the world of wooden souvenirs in fact nothing has changed – people driven from vacation and Travel figures and masks of wood, carved boxes give love, mirrors and photo frames. There is still a gift and 'elite' – VIP gifts and business gifts – works of art that not bring myself to call just work or products – ashtrays and boxes of rare trees, huge sculptures out of solid trunks of trees, exclusive of the highest quality furniture and much more. In conclusion I would like to say that until the trees grow and people live – gifts and souvenirs from this warm and live material will be made, presented to loved ones, friends, colleagues, and brought from overseas travels.