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Beauty of material: selecting timber species for Malay woodcarving

Said, Ismail (2004) Beauty of material: selecting timber species for Malay woodcarving. Jurnal Alam Bina, 6 (1). pp. 45-54. ISSN 1511-1369

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Selecting timber species is a significant factor in the making of woodcarving components of Malay architecture and crafts. Three determining factors are observed by Malay craftsmen in the selection of the timber including availability of timber, physical characteristics and durability, and craftsmen’s spiritual beliefs towards the timber species. These criteria address the intrinsic knowledge of the craftsmen upon the beauty and meaning of tropical timbers and hence in the identity of the carving. This knowledge must be address to the people for the appreciation of the carving and possibly taking woodcarving as a job or passion, setting pace for the woodcarving to prevail for many generations to come.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:woodcarving; motif; timber species; vernacular architecture
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:801
Deposited By: Azura Baharudin
Deposited On:22 Feb 2007 03:16
Last Modified:10 Apr 2017 08:26

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