Batik Culture: Batik Wood Carving

What Is Batik Wood Carving?

Exquisite and rare batik wood carving collectibles are often purchased as decorative items to bring personality and a touch of quirkiness to homes and work places. With immaculate handicraft and scrupulous quality inspection, we bring you only the best wood carving art that can ever be found in Asian regions. We believe every memorabilia – be it an animal, human or fantasy figurine – has a purpose of telling a unique and heartfelt story. Let our Fine Batik Wood Carving décor items remind you of your mysterious and magical memories of Asia.

How is it made?

Wood carving is a laborious process and attention to detail is crucial. Male wood sculptors spend a considerable amount of time to produce one quality wood-carving product. Each Batik wood carving sculpture is different and unique from the other, a result only achieved through nitpicking and fastidious hand craft. Here’s a set of process to give you an idea of how a basic wood carving object is being made:

 

Left: Biggest Chengal tree found in Terengganu
Right: Sample of Chengal wood furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Choose a quality type of wood. Most of our wood-carved products use Chengal wood.

 

See the lines to determine the grain direction of the wood.

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Check the grain direction. It’s important to know so in order to eliminate tears and splintering.

 

A male wood carver starts shaping a block of wood.

 

 

 

 

 

3. For a seasoned wood carver, they trace the design lightly and go straight to carving using a chisel and a mallet

 

 

A male wood carver starts shaping

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  The object is further refined using a hand different types of knives, chisels and gouges.

5.  Refine the details further by making stop cuts – sink the gouge vertically into the plank to remove small pieces of wood.

6.  Use U- or V-shaped gouges to remove more slivers of wood to in the delicate areas.

 

Roughing out the edges with sandpaper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  Finish off the carved product with a sandpaper to smooth out the edges.

The process doesn’t stop there. Once carving is done, the piece is then passed to female batik artisans to paint batik designs on it. The process usually requires a lot of patience, precision, creativity, and dedication. By still incorporating the ‘canting’ waxing and dyeing method, professional batik artisans manually draw intricate designs on the wooden sculpture with hot wax. During the process, a lot of thoughts and considerations from artistic perspective are being weighed to produce an impeccable work of art.

 

 

apply wax and dyes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Female artisans apply wax and dyes on the figurine, just as it is done on cloth.

 

 

coat the figurine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Last but not least, coat the figurine with a finishing spray to seal the colours for a long lasting effect.

 

 

 

 




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