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Techniques of wood carving applied in the architectural elements of Malay vernacular buildings

Nazuki, Siti Najwa and Kamaruddin, Zumahiran (2017) Techniques of wood carving applied in the architectural elements of Malay vernacular buildings. Journal of Built Environment, Technology and Engineering (JBETE), 2. pp. 198-202. ISSN 0128-1003

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This paper aims to investigate the techniques of wood carving applied in architectural elementsof Malay vernacular buildings including traditional houses, mosques and palaces. The discussions are based on reviews of related researches and literatures from different sources including books, journal and conference papers. Apart from this, interviews with famous wood carvers from the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia provide detailed information on the techniques applied on wood carving elements in Malay vernacular buildings and also some observation from the site survey. In Malay vernacular buildings, the carvingsare usually applied on ventilation panels of window, door and wall, railings of verandah and staircase, wall panels, leaves of door and gate, roof eaves, brackets and gable end panels. These panels are madeeither in the form of 3D or 2D element. The techniques used are different which include direct- piercing, semi-piercing and embossed-relief piercing. As identified from the interviews and some literature reviews, different techniques were applied in complementary with the different components of wood carving in vernacular buildings including relief carving without silat, relief carving with silat and direct piercing or fully pierced with silat. It also was found that, two types of famous form of carving used are elemental panel and 3 dimensional carving. This paper concludes that each wood carving was composed with different techniques and it is based on its fabrication for different places within the buildings. They were located to suit it functions too. Further research is recommended to investigate on the potential techniques to be sustainedfor modern living to ensure the sustainability of the wood carving as local heritage product.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2615/57967
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vernacular Buildings, wood carving, carving techniques
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA1 General
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture > NA4100 Special classes of buildings > NA4170 Public buildings
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design
Kulliyyah of Architecture and Environmental Design > Department of Applied Arts and Design
Depositing User: Zumahiran Kamarudin
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 09:45
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2021 15:31
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57967

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