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Photo Report: Woodworking In Sri Lanka

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 2097 days ago 2440 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve returned from a great vacation yesterday. We’ve visited lots of beautiful places in Sri Lanka and one of them was a small local woodworking factory. I’ve taken following photos for you to enjoy:

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Lots of hand tools in action, huh? ;)

-- Martin, http://lumberjocks.com | My Facebook: http://profile.to/msojka



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StevenAntonucci

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#1 posted 2097 days ago

First, I need to say “Wow.” You got some great shots. I like the editorial style that you chose to report on the shop. I hate posed pictures, and yours have not only captured the subject but the essence of that place and its people.

Secondly, I think it proves a simple point- “Great work exists in the hands of the maker, not the tools they use.” I’d bet most of their tools are hand made in the shop and cobbled together from old car springs. I met an African carver and most of his tools were old files and leaf springs from cars.

Finally, I love the work, but it appears to be made for export. Do they buy the items for themselves or to be sold at other venues? What were prices like on some of the larger pieces? I’d bet they were too good to pass up…

-- Steven

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 2097 days ago

Repeat after me… I WILL NEVER CUS MY TOOLS AGAIN!

Great photos Martin. What a tremendous adventure for you.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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aaronmolloy

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#3 posted 2097 days ago

Did you manage to recruit any to lumberjocks

-- A. Molloy

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Grant Davis

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#4 posted 2097 days ago

Martin, what do some of the smaller pieces sell for?

That is some beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Karson

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#5 posted 2097 days ago

Thanks for the tour Martin. A great series of photos.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Tony

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#6 posted 2097 days ago

I always marvel at the craftsmanship of these people with the minimum of tools – I just wonder what they could achieve with the resources most of us have to hand.

Thank you for sharing part of you holiday with us

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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lazyfiremaninTN

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#7 posted 2097 days ago

Amazing. Beatiful photos and what wonderful craftsmanship.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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teenagewoodworker

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#8 posted 2097 days ago

now thats beautiful craftsmanship! did you pick up any pieces yourself?

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Blake

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#9 posted 2097 days ago

IN…CREDIBLE!!!

Did you get them to sign up on Lumberjocks?

Thanks for posting the photos for us.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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oldskoolmodder

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#10 posted 2097 days ago

Nice stuff there. Love the colorful Elephant especially, but maybe because I’m wearing a tie-dye shirt today. I always cringe when I see the amounts of “scrap” Honduras Mahogany thrown out at the places I go to when in Central America.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#11 posted 2097 days ago

Martin, I dido all the above remarks.WOW…....... Like everyone else, what do these pieces sell for on the open market?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#12 posted 2097 days ago

What a Vacation
Thats useing your hands cool work

-- Jim, Kentucky

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MsDebbieP

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#13 posted 2097 days ago

a great collection of photos.
Very inspirational and, yes, a reminder that it’s not “the tools” that create great things

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#14 posted 2097 days ago

Great Pictures. What beautiful works you have captured.

-- Jerry

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#15 posted 2097 days ago

good job as always

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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