B.1979, Master of Wood Carving
I’ve been performing wood carving for around 15 years, however; I’ve been doing professionally for ten years. I have been in wooden products since my childhood. My father used to be one of the oldest lumbermen. We were born and grew up in wooden products, we are trying to shape the trees that our father once cut.
Wood carving is one of our main handicrafts, nearly forgotten today, even hand-carving can be performed by few masters today.
Wood carving is an art which dates back to the earliest times of the history. You will say how, the primitive people would have made their weapons, knives, arrows and bows of wood for the protection purposes, and their homes for the sheltering purposes. For wood is a raw material that can be easily found and obtained in nature, people have always shape woods, using their weapons, arrows, bows, and homes made of wood.
As far as I am concerned, the most ideal raw materials used in wood carving are walnut and beech trees. Of course, there are other types of trees such as ayous, limba, teak and ebony, however; they are very expensive, but we can supply them upon the request.
In this period, we make pulpit and altar workings intensely, try to decorate our mosques as they have been in the world art history. When looked at it, you see the most beautiful artistic masterpieces comprised of the places of worship, churches, cathedrals and libraries. Magnificent artistic creations around the world have found body in these places. In that sense, I give reasonable care to mosque workings a little bit more, elaborating on these so as to decorate our worship places in the most beautiful way.
Apart from that, we work on decoration works, mirror, wall lamp and ceiling decoration, that’s what we have been working on, and the small objects, three-dimensional small objects, trinkets, that is to say, we try to transfer wood into every aspect of life, and this can only be carried out upon request.
One piece a week that we can make by hand can be made as hundred pieces a day through machineries. In this respect, the mechanisation has been endangering. But, hopefully, the artistic consciousness of the people began to re-emerge, saying, so we have a beautiful mirror or chest in my home, or a beautiful altar or pulpit in my mosque. In that sense, the artistic consciousness began to emerge which fills me with hope a little bit more.