wood carving furniture indonesia

Wood Carving Furniture Indonesia

Wood carving furniture from Jepara have been well known for ethnic carvings and sculptures, there were lots of Indonesian islands 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 antique furniture carving patterns that we have known from our father and great grandfather. let’s start with the tools.

Chisels and Hammers

These are the main tools that we use to make a wood carving, we don’t use a carving knife or anything else, we are just chiseling the wood with a hammer and that’s all. the hammer that we use is also made from wood, usually very hardwood like teak or ebony, it takes a muscle power to handle this hammer because its quite 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 dozens of shapes 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 shape.
  • convex chisel, we call it “penguku” use to make concave shapes.
  • and last is “coret“, I can’t find the English word for it but it is used to make a “V” groove liner (see picture below ? it’s the one with a wooden handle)

Here are the pictures of hand carving tools from Jepara

Jepara wood carving tool set

wood carving furniture Indonesia toolset

Wood Carving Furniture Pictures

There are too many carving patterns to display here on this blog, perhaps we will do some video update or show them on different blogs to show an individual pattern of Jepara carving legacy. but here’s a little “sneak” upon what we are capable to do on wood carvings.

eagle sculpture

wood carving furniture Indonesia

wood carving furniture

wood carving furniture Indonesia

Mention about the text banner on the pictures, qualiteak is one of our friends, they also made some gorgeous furniture products. here is their website https://qualiteak.com/

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


  1. fabian


    hi im a hobby sculptor. i have done some works using a dremel electric tool but
    its too modern for me i like the old style i guess
    do u know where i can purchase your indonesian wood carving tools?

    gretings from mexico


  2. Efendi

    Hi fabian, thanks for stop by here friend, i believe wood carving stool that we put on post is only available in indonesia only. it’s cheap compare to dremel tool, way cheaper actually, but it takes quiet of work to set them ready for use.

    when we buy this sets of chisels, it is not sharp yet, so we sharpening it with stone and take few stone form depend on chisel shape, bad news is, we don’t have a sharpening stone ready made with this kind of shape, so, we have to made it ourselves. i guess…i can help you get one of this…or you can just make one, it’s actually made from scrap steel…! i’ll send you detail shape if you want to ?

  3. Needyanand Raya

    Hi I am looking for a reliable workshop that can execute some carvings on hard wood for me. they have to be very good as I am an artist myself. Hindu mythology is my interest. Please advise and refer. Thanking you in anticipation. Raya

    • Efendi

      Hi Raya, Thanks for visit my site and made a comment. about wood carving workshop that you’re looking for, there are few artisan in my city jepara that might be suit your needs. i can help you to connect you with them.

      but when you looking for hindu myth pattern than bali is better than jepara. there are many great wood carving there, but unfortunately none of them i know so i cant help you with that.

  4. seidu karim

    I love the beautiful furnitures am seeing her re…

    • Efendi

      Hi Karim, thank you for your kind words friend. really appreciate it…

  5. Bali wood carving

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  6. Efendi

    Hi Gamang, thank you very much for your nice words friends, your blogs are very informative too, it is definitely worth to check it out…

  7. Leo Masters

    I am interested i purchaseing hand carved pieces of furniture. can you direct me to a supplier who has photos of the products available?

    • Efendi

      Hi Leo, Thanks for your visit mate. we are a furniture suplier ourself. but since youre asking for direct suplier, another one than us. i will give you name of my friend. She is veronica rompies. she also run her own website at qualiteak.com . please check them out. cheers…

      • Benny

        Hello do you know Ms. Jana she owns furniture factory and her husband Mfg. Tv and electronics? I used to buy from her can you please ask her to contact me.My computer crashed and I lost all contacts… lost her e-mail…

        • efendi

          Hi Benny, unfortunately i dont have any information about Ms jana. Do you have her address or copy of invoice or something that might help for tracking her ?

  8. Legha Ebrahimi

    dear sir/madam,

    we will be in Indonesian in OCT and we want to visit your factory .. can you please send me a cataloge of your luxury hand made products and also how we can arrange a visit

    please contact me via nardin.damla@gmail.com

  9. Sinan Uysal

    Hi Efendi

    I am also interested in the Indonesian wood carving tools. I want to buy the set in the photo.

    • efendi

      Hi Sinan, im not selling those tools but i can help you to purchase them. you can email me for that. thanks

  10. Ioannis

    Interested in your products and prices

    • efendi

      Thank you. we can tlak via emails if you need indepth detail. thanks

  11. Someetpandit

    Hi Pak…I am based out of Jakarta and looking for full house furniture Tobe send to my home country for myself and 3 of my friends…as we all are fine of Indonesian wood curving and traditional woodfurniture….I am looking for Bali style furniture where as I know about Jepara also….can you help me on this….my mail I’d is someetpandit 7@yahoo.com.
    ..or phone no 08118157878.will be grateful for your help.

    • efendi

      Hi pandit, can we continue our conversation via email ? i already send you emails. thanks



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