Friday, February 22, 2008

Wooden - Photo Hunt

Hand carved wooden house signs in Mandarin.

These wooden signs are made the traditional way in Chinatown. I was shopping in Chinatown when I came across this man carving a wooden plaque in front of his shop. All the wooden signs are h
and chiselled in select woods and cost from S$100 each. (It's expensive.)

They make a super housewarming gift!


Along the rows of preserved historic shops houses on both sides of the streets in Chinatown, you can also find stuff like lacquer ware, woodcrafts, masks, antiques, furniture etc.


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86 comments:

  1. eastcoastlife,
    $100 for one piece? That's real expensive loh!

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  2. I would like one that's natural, without the coloring.. Discount $50? :-)

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  3. They're beautiful though, and we need to have a house warming part soon - I'll maybe hint to my guests that I want something like that :D

    Or maybe one day I'll just buy one myself.... Pity its so expensive though!

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  4. Beautiful! That's a very good gift idea...I spotted my surname on the pic! Hehehe

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  5. Kok,
    Yes, it's expensive. Depends on the type of wood selected and probably because it's a tourist area, he tends to charge more.

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  6. LB,
    You want one? Email me your surname and I'll get one done for you for less than S$50 when I go to China.

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  7. Dizzy Dee,
    It's indeed a unique and thoughtful housewarming gift. ^-^

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  8. Doreen,
    Oh... let me guess which one is your surname ah! :)

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  9. That is one of a kind collection of my hubby...its only now that I knew that it is expensive huh..usually he brought here diff.wooden collections during his vacation from work abroad.

    eastcostlife...hope you can find time to visit mine too..Take care my friend!

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  10. hey eastcoastlife! btw. I got a fab award for you as well as tag for you...hope you can do the tag for fun....

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  11. Expensive though these maybe, hard-carved and personally done, I think it is worth the money.

    Have a great weekend, ECL. My PH will be up tomorrow. :) I am still making a post and will just published it after I have time-stamped.

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  12. you just seem to have everything prepared for the themes :P hahaha

    eh thats a good idea for gifts, though it's kinda steep :D

    have a great weekend !

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  13. That's nice..But they're expensive..:) Nice entry!

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  14. although the thing looked simple but need a lot of effort to carve!

    but the price is indeed on the high side!

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  15. the old man's retirement fund, unless he has a boss who takes 3/4 of the takings, lol. must pay rent mah. ;)

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  16. All those sirnames with many strokes "gain" lor :P

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  17. My, that's really expensive, but I'd love to have one, lol.

    Happy weekend.

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  18. I didn't find any of that when I went to chinatown in London.or else i would be a nice valentine's gift.

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  19. These are beautiful!
    I don´t think it is expensive!
    Don´t forget that these are hand made!

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  20. $100? gosh that's very expensive ler. nice but I won't buy it...

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  21. Expensive but they look great. Nice take on this week's theme. Happy Weekend

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  22. expensive le the address.. some more still got people using it nowadays ?

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  23. Those are beautiful hand carved signs. Good choice for the wooden theme.

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  24. I'm not in Photo Hunt so I just leave a comment rather than a link.
    So, where is your "zhai" ?? A bit too chi-na leh!

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  25. I guess $100 for the craftsmanship is consider OK la. At least it's handmade, not machine made. :D

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  26. not many people know this traditional skill, I'm not surprising of the high price.

    however, due to high price, not many people willing to spend money to buy one too.

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  27. Looks like a perfect gift - thanks for sharing!

    Wishing you a great end to your week :-)

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  28. I think the signs are lovely and I would be willing to pay. But I hope no one would steal the sign!
    Have a great weekend ECL

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  29. It's beautiful. It must take a lot of effort and skill to make one.

    BTW, you have an award on my blog (on my Thursday Thirteen).

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  30. wow... really expensive! Is that a name carved or just a beautiful saying?

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  31. Sweat~~~ so "cheap"? It seems that handcrafted items are getting good prices in Singapore.

    Hop in for some fun to have a more alert mind this weekend in Criz’s Sanctuary and/or have a look into the history of the Chinese culture in Insight Criz. Have a nice weekend!

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  32. Wow, that is expensive! Still they are lovely.

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  33. That's a good idea for the theme this week. Good Post!

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  34. WOW..that's expensive!

    This one is a lil tough for me this round...

    I wudda posted a pix of meself..seeing that I'm quite 'kayu'...

    hee hee..but dun think the angmohs wud get it. ;-)

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  35. Those are nice. Can't imagine spending that on it. Would love it as a gift.

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  36. I can understand why they cost so much, it must be difficult to carve those out. What do the signs say?

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  37. Those are really neat! Too expensive for me, but they're cool.

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  38. those hand carved sings are expensive but beautiful.

    thanks for the visit. :)

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  39. A nice piece of wooden craft. If ones like it I don't think the price is expensive.

    Mine is up too. http://judychow.blogspot.com/2008/02/photo-hunters-wooden.html

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  40. It's really expensive. but I can understand why. It takes a lot of patience, hardwork and concentration - besides skill to carve. Happy PH.

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  41. I actually love walking along Chinatown. There's loads of interesting stuff but comes with a price too. And quite a tough load to bargain.... ;)

    Happy Hunting! - Pearl

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  42. Expensive yes but maybe worth all the sweat of the carver. But I'd take it for maybe 5USD. ;)

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  43. great choice for the hunt...I like that very much...and learn't something new....happy hunting..

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  44. Wow nice take on the theme. Have a happy weekend!

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  45. i thought that kind of craftsmen would b obselete in Singapore by now :)

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  46. Hi ECL, here's the link on how to get to Mount Purro. Hope you can visit, it's a nice hideaway.

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  47. That is expensive! What do they say though? You know us americans can't read that. lol. Great gift idea though! (Now that gives me an idea,.... lol) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  48. it is expensive because they made by hand. Nice job

    Mine in here Have a nice weekend

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  49. They're very pretty, even if they are expensive.

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  50. eastcoast, you should tag anyone you want for Message in a Bottle. People are double and triple tagging...

    I like those house signs. They would go over big where I live!

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  51. Wow, that is so cool. It's definitely an art to carve them.

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  52. Lovely wooden pieces. I liek that you showed the craftsman as well.

    Have a Nice Weekend!

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  53. Good idea as a house warming gift.
    I see some family last names as the first word. What is the second word? Yes, it's so costly. Is the price fixed or we can bargain?
    I am up from zzz and have my hunt ready this time. :)

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  54. Nice craftsmanship isn't I have some good work on mine today too,

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  55. Hopefully this sort of art and talent will not be lost through generations.

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  56. That's very expensive leh, crafting words only. DOnt know how is his biz though?

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  57. Wow lovely shots you have, very well done in photo hunting. Happy weekend!
    MY LIFE MY WORLD
    SWEET PARADISE

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  58. I would love to have a sign like that to hang in my home. Lovely. Great choice for The Hunt.

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  59. Wow those are expensive, but admittedly they are lovely!

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  60. It amazing to me on different crafters although I haven’t done much woodwork until now it always fascinated me.
    But lot of craft interest me.
    Mine up

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  61. really expensive! could get me 30 or more meals with that price!

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  62. Hi eastcoastlife,

    You have been tagged! Check out my blog for more details. Don't worry. I think you will like this one.

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  63. i hope artisans like them will still thrive in these modern times... they're keepers of cultural heritage...

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  64. I am thinking which part of Chinatown such shops are located.

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  65. It does seem eXpensive, yet I imagine much time is invested in hand-crafting each piece. Great piX for the theme! ThanX for providing the eXtra linky.

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  66. oh yeah,theyre cool!so cool!

    happy weekend!
    ghee

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  67. Interesting. $100 is a little too expensive, but I think my Chinese name characters are worth the money (because the characters have so many strokes!!) Hahaha....

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  68. mama san, long time no see. am in singapore, dropby my site and drop ur contact ok? :D or email to munaksss@yahoo.com

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  69. Very beautiful, and they'd make lovely gifts.

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  70. At first when I saw the title of this post, I was afraid you where going to be married again and you did not asked me !??!?!?!? :lol:

    Wonderful and well documented post with great pics - do they all go to the same party afterwords too?

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  71. The characters look awesome though I can't read them.

    thanks for sharing..

    I got mine and its a wooden sculpture of Virgin Mary...http://www.ritchiela-anyi.com

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  72. Wow! What a great idea for a present. They are really nice too. Thank you for sharing this.

    I have something for you at my site.

    Love and Blessings,
    AngelBaby

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