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
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.
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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