Story: Crafts and applied arts

Decorated ashtray, 1930s (2nd of 3)

Decorated ashtray, 1930s

This wooden ashtray decorated using pyrography (or pokerwork) was made by a disabled soldier in the 1930s. After the First World War injured and disabled soldiers were encouraged to take up craft for rehabilitation purposes. Woodwork and basketry were the main forms of rehabilitation crafts, but soldiers also sewed and embroidered.

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Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, 'Crafts and applied arts - Craft from the 1900s to 1920s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/45274/decorated-ashtray-1930s (accessed 18 June 2021)

Story by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, published 22 Oct 2014