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Project by Jamie Speirs posted 08-22-2012 02:22 PM 1932 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Tibetan Pecha or Text Holder

I normally make them as part of the Puja?Prayer Table.

However the grain on this table was too nice to drill holes

in so I came up with this. The Tibetan books are not bound

as a normal book is.

When you drop a Tibetan Text it can take ages to get it all

back together.

A brief description of Pecha;
Pechas trace their history and unique shape back to the palm leaf manuscripts of India where palmyra and talipot palm leaves were used in the creation of texts as early as the 500 BCE. The earliest existing palm leaf manuscripts date from 200 C.E. and were in continuous use until the 19th century.
The migration of India’s manuscript technology to Tibet took place around the 7th century, when the scholar Thonmi Sambhota created the Tibetan script from his studies in India and Kashmir (his work is believed to be based on the Indian Brahmi and Gupta scripts). This script was then used to translate Buddhist Sanskrit texts into Tibetan. However, with the lack of traditional palm leaves in Tibet, birch bark was used instead; the use of bark was eventually supplanted by paper.

Yours

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





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Don W

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 02:42 PM

very nice

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 03:05 PM

As always dear Jamie it is simple and beautiful.
I think peaceful might be the right word.
Someone will find peace reading.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 03:18 PM

I had no idea what it was, thanks for shedding light onto your project.
Beautiful piece just as mads says. nice work!
Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 03:24 PM

Is that the ancestor of the teleprompter? ;)

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 03:57 PM

Very interesting. What sort of wood did you use ?

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 04:02 PM

Very nice job on that project, Jamie!!

Is it made for a customer?.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 06:22 PM

Monte, it is Oak local & American

Jim, yes two weeks late :(

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 07:24 PM

Nice job Jamie, looks like it could be made from European (English) Oak. Incidentally that is a very nice plane in Photo 2.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 07:45 PM

I appreciated the explanation almost as much as the work. Thanks Jamie

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 08:07 PM

Vary nice wood and good wood working you made it nice

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 08:40 PM

Bill that’s a Spiers hand me down

One of the bonuses of coming from

a line of Carpenter Joiners. :)

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 09:51 PM

It’s a beautiful table and pecha; your other work is wonderful as well. Thanks for sharing and the lesson.

regards, Doe
P.S. I also like your Goethe quote

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#13 posted 08-23-2012 03:36 AM

Not only a great job on the project, wonderful history lesson!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 08-23-2012 05:05 AM

A nice project Jamie.

Thanks for the history lesson. I did not that. I have some reading to do.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 08-23-2012 01:37 PM

Very nice, and very nice background story to go with it. Thanks for posting.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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