Asian Woodworking #2: Indonesian Artisans

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Blog entry by JRL posted 07-05-2011 05:50 AM 5636 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just couldn’t believe what was being used for roadside vendor tables in Bali—6 to 8 inch beautiful slab tables!

That would make for a dream workbench.

Anyway, here are pictures of carvers, their wares and tools, at various points on a trip we made a couple years ago for our tenth anniversary. The final products they turn out are ornate. The chisels used there are often handle-free. Pounding the tang suffices. The anvil idea is innovative, as is the foot vise.

-- Jay in Changsha

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#1 posted 07-05-2011 06:05 AM

It is quite unbelievable at the work craftsmen in other countries can create with the most basic tools. It makes one wonder if we really need to be ordering from the pricey catalogues that come in the mail.

As for the foot vice, it is a bit difficult to be in need of a large when you have a small and vica versa.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 07-06-2011 05:09 PM

that gets into your leg it’s trouble

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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