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Fretwork is an
interlaced decorative
design that is either
carved in low relief on a
solid background, or cut
out with a fretsaw,
coping saw, jigsaw or
scroll saw. Most
fretwork patterns are
geometric in design. The
materials most
commonly used are
wood and metal.[1]
Fretwork is used to
adorn furniture and
musical instruments.
The term is also used
for tracery on glazed
windows and doors.
Fretwork is also used to
architecture, where
specific elements of
decor are named
according to their use.
e.g. eave bracket, gable
fretwork or baluster
fretwork, and may be
of metal, especially cast
iron or aluminum.
Fretwork patterns
originally were
ornamental designs
used to decorate
objects with a grid or a
lattice. Designs have
developed from the
rectangular wave Greek
fret to intricate
intertwined patterns. A
common misconception
is that fretwork must
be done with a fretsaw.
However, a fretwork
pattern is considered a
fretwork whether or
not it was cut out with
a fretsaw.
Computer numerical
(CNC) has brought
about change in the
method of timber
fretwork manufacture.
Lasers or router/milling
cutting implements can
now fashion timber and
various other materials
into flat and even 3D
decorative items.

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