Wood Carving Furniture Indonesia
Wood carving furniture indonesia from jepara have been well known for ethnic carvings and sculptures, there were a lots of indonesian island that produce various style and pattern of wood carving, the most known in the world is balinese and jepara, every culture has their own technique and tools to use on wood carving. so because we are a native jepara citizen than we only share what we know best which is jepara carving style and technique. We like to share what tools we use, how we use them and also some carving pattern that we have known from our father and great grand father. lets start from the tools.
Chisels and Hammers
These are the main tools that we use to make a wood carving, we don’t use carving knife or anything else, we are just chiseling the wood with hammer and that’s all. the hammer that we use is also made from wood, usually very hard wood like teak or ebony, it takes a muscle power to handle this hammer because its quiet heavy, its around 1 kg on weight. imagine pounding 1 kg all day long with only one hand…? yes that was exactly how it feels, have a look the picture below to get the idea how big it is 🙂
The chisels, we call it “tatah” here in jepara, are include maybe a dozens of shape and sizes, all of them were specifically use for their own task. but generally they were 4 major shape which is :
- flat chisel, we call it “penyilat” , used to carve flat wooden surfaces.
- concave chisel, we call it “koll” , it is use to make a concave shapes.
- convex chisel, we call it “penguku” use to make concave shapes.
- and last is “coret”, i can’t find an english words but it is use to make a “V” groove liner (see picture below ? it’s the one with wooden handle)
here is the pictures of hand carving tools from jepara
Wood Carving Furniture Pictures
There are too many carving pattern to display here on this blog, perhaps we will do some video update or show them on different blogs to show individual pattern of jepara carving legacy. but here’s a little “sneak” up on what we are cappable to do on wood carvings.
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We will update this post by making a video on how to make carving furniture, of course “jeparanese” way, thank you for being here and share your thoughts and idea on the comment sections below. Regards from Indonesia Furniture Factory