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The Bangalore series: Wood carving in Ulsoor…


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Ulsoor is just a stone’s throw away from the heart of the city.Nestled in between hundreds of bylanes, there are two small workshops making replicas of old doors. Those old doors were once made by their grandfathers. The replicas are made mostly with the help of machines, only the last bit of detailing is done manually.

Carving a replica in wood

Carving a replica

Here is a lamp stand in an old house that needs a pair. The new one is machine cut and will end up looking less imperfect, less intricate and in the process less beautiful than the original.

Tools for carving wood

Tools for carving wood

The tools are still simple. A compass, a measuring scale and a hammer.

Chisels for carving wood

Chisels for carving

Different sizes of chisels for various degrees of carving.

New designs for Pooja room doors carved in wood

New designs for Pooja room doors

Nowadays, owing to the decline in demand, small parts of the door or the pooja (prayer) room doors are made here. With such options available in synthetic materials like fiber and plastic, the craft is definitely on the verge of extinction.

Reupholstering a vintage chair

Re-upholstering a vintage chair

It mostly serves as a repair centre for old doors and furniture. This beautiful chair is being refurbished and a replica has also been ordered.

A era gone by. Bangalore is no more the place it used to be, isn’t it?


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  • refinish wood
    August 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

    each article give a lot of information..it would be great if you put some videos for readers..thank you..you’ve got my bookmark

  • hotshot bald cop
    August 30, 2011 at 12:12 am

    I didn’t know that.

  • Aditi
    November 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Where is this in Ulsoor? Can you provide details please.