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"Wood Carved Jhoola" Indoor India Swing Bench

comments (1) June 3rd, 2011 in blogs, Reader's Gallery

DennisZongker Dennis Zongker, contributor
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Close Up Finished Jhoola
Finished Jhoola
Spline joint Before gluing
Drawing the carving pattern
Stab Cutting
Stab Cutting
Relief Cutting
Rounding Cut
Detail Carving
Completed Carving
Completed Carving
Done and ready for the next one
Close Up Finished Jhoola - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Close Up Finished Jhoola

I just finished making & carving this unique indoor India swing bench, for a customer, it is also known as the Oonjal or Jhoola. This type of swing bench is not readily available without an overseas order. These types’ of wooden carved swings were used by Kings in their palaces and were considered a sign of royalty and are still considered even today.

This type of furniture is a wooden swing with brass chains suspending it from the ceiling of the inside of their home. I glued together three planks of solid African mahogany for a 72” x 24” x 3” think size bench. I turned the feet on the lathe and I hand carved 18 floral ornaments along the outer edge. It took me about 4 ½ hours for each individual carving.


Design or Plan used: My Own Design - Dennis Zongker, Dan Zongker

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Comments (1)

subba subba writes: very nice and thanks for showing a piece of indian design. a small nitpick this is a design element in many of the classical indian homes not just royalty.
Posted: 9:39 pm on June 3rd

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