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Bukittinggi, Sumatra, Indonesia

Bukittinggi wood carver

"Bukittinggi woodcarver", 1994 photo Elroy Christenson

The houses in Bukittinggi, West Sumatra are all carved over the entire exterior surface.  The maintenance in this terribly wet environment has be an on-going and rather expensive proposition.   The artisans are trained from a very early age.  The designs are demanding of a great deal of skill using what appears to us using rather primitive tools. 

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