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These are not made of wax or ice, these are from wood. Very artistic and hard worker people, when they touch the piece of wood that become piece of wax in their hands. Very beautiful working, as these items are hand made ,so very expensive ,after foiling now ready for polishing. Maximum furniture is export abroad.
The man is working on the piece is known as "Jaroka", its price 50US$ And I am sorry that is not only a sofa, that is a swinging sofa, tomorrow that will complete then I will again post its picture, price of that swing sofa is 500 US $.
No he is not my friend I just went there for the pictures for DG, price of that table is 140 US $.
gumlla, do they rough out the forms with lathe or sander? I ask because much of the native art here in Alaska is rough out with Dremel tools, then finished by hand or with tiny buffing tools. Of course, when they have a demonstration of their art, it is always hand done.
Weezin' LOL ...mustn't let the tourists know that the modern age has reached Alaska...
and I have a feeling it hasn't trickled down to that man with the wonderful [and probably passed down] crafting hands.
The artisan who does these is very good. I have seen headboards similar to these sold for about $5,000 dollars when hand carved in good wood and finished well and imatation, machine made ones for a fraction of that.
The pieces I really liked best though are the chairs. I love wood and am so tired of seeing shody pieces made of veneered particle board being sold as "real" wood furniture here. Such fine pieces as these are much admired throughout the world.
gumlla, it is not surprising to me about the craftsmanship there. Similar work is done here too. Yes, it is the same situtation here - the workers are paid 'peanuts' for their art while the owner retains a fat sum of the price. The artist does not get his due in terms of his craft.
Presently, there is a handicrafts exhibition going on - I did see some wonderful pieces of art - though not of wooden furniture.
trois, I think sheesham is rosewood - this is pretty expensive here. But the red variety is cheaper. I have seen some furniture elsewhere and I am just having no words to explain the work of art. I have a few pieces from my great grandfather's time and they are no doubt treasured ones - though not intricately carved with design, but just plain finishes. The smoothness is unbeatable.
This art is known as Mughal art, Mughal family ruled on Sub-continent ( Indo Pak) 300 years. Mughals came from Russian states. They built beautiful forts, gardens and other buildings in their time. Those buildings are still famous and preserved as historical places. So this art is common in Idia and Pakistan.
Here one more picture of master peice.
Kaleem, thank you for sharing this with DG (glad it got moved to this forum). That is amazing work, a very talented craftsman indeed! I appreciate the opportunity to "travel" to Pakistan to see this through your eyes.