Past and present fragments: Ubud (7)


oil pastel and coloured pencil, 19cmx21cm

Hand carved teak fragments are often sourced from Javanese Joglo houses that are beyond repair. They are often used to create furniture, small houses or in the case of my friend Stacey, jigsawed together to create gorgeous windows and doors.

Curious about these pieces, I find out this about Joglo houses:

  • They are 19th century wooden frame buildings.
  • They have a thatched and pitched roof.
  • The basic building shape is simple, either square or rectangular. The simplicity symbolises the principle of carrying out responsibility in one’s life.
  • Artisans fast and meditate before carrying out specific parts of the building process.
  • Tongue and groove techniques are used without any metallic nails or bolts. This means that building parts are numbered, assembled and can then be disassembled, taken elsewhere then reassembled.

I find this amazing, don’t you?

And for someone, there are four daybeds on their way to rural New South Wales, Turon. Different use, different place and different people – the appreciation of something hand made with care so long ago.

Sources: A remarkable Javanese traditional home architectureand Javanese joglo house

For a great read of an Australian living in Ubud: Story of the rice joglo

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