Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Master

The Wood Master

As far back as seven generations, Encik Long bin Yusoff's family can be proud to be known as the premier family of wood-carvers in the entire state of Terengganu if not Malaysia. His family's skills are not limited to carving only, but also extend to constructing ornate homes, palaces and furniture. The knowledge and skills in the fine art of wood-carving flowed through generations of Long's family, with roots from Pattani in South Thailand. Samples of these high quality handiwork are physical evidence of their work. The expertise of Encik Long reached the ears of royalty who commissioned him to decorate their palaces. They were not disappointed.
He was known as a court craftsman with multiple talents which included the ability to make furniture, sail boats, sedan chairs and weapons.
Encik Long passed away taking with him his experience as a wood-carver. He lived up to the edge of 120, a lifespan quite rare in those days, and even today, while contributing to society through his art form. He passed on his knowledge and skills to his sons who continued the interest in wood-carving. In Long family, wood carving traditions live on. The current generation of the family turned the art form into an industry, taking bulk orders.
Today, Haji Abdul Rahman Long is no stranger to wood-carving enthusiasts. He has been active in quantity production making decorative pieces for palaces, mosques, government offices, banks, private agencies and hotels all around Malaysia and neighboring nations such as Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. He operates from Batu 1 3/4, Jalan Pengkalan Chepa, Kota Bharu under the name of 'Pakatan Juru Ukir Tradisional'. With the cooperation of the Kelantan State Government and the museum he started active operations in 1973. Recently he opened a branch workshop at Kampung Sentosa, Pengkalan Nyireh in Besut, Terengganu, in order to service the ever-increasing demands.
It is safe to say that he is the first person to commercialize the wood carving industry in Malaysia (during the 70's) when the arts of wood-carving was fading away. Since then he has groomed a new generation of wood-carvers, hence saving this art form from extinction. Today, most of the wood- carving companies and individuals, particularly those operating in Kelantan and Terengganu (both states are known for wood-carving activities) were trained and groomed by him.
He has made it possible for local society to adorn their homes and public places with beautiful, traditional wood-carvings. He also acknowledges that there is an ever increasing interest and appreciation of wood-carvings especially with improving economic conditions. Fine intricate wood-carvings are no longer confined to palaces or the upper echelons of society, but can be found on doors, windows and walls of houses of any individual who values their beauty.
He works closely with Malaysian Handicrafts (Perbadanan Kemajuan Kraftangan Malaysia) and MTIB (Malaysian Timber Industry Board) as well as Malaysian Forest Department (Jabatan Perhutanan Malaysia). This is to ensure a sustainable future of this ancient art.
Part of his effort is to educate and share knowledge on the art of wood carving, he always welcomes students and scholars who want to study the subject.


  1. cek. kn yg ukiran yg kecil dlm fream 2 kn, cek gn kayu apa? cz halus n tak retak. myb kayu yg agak keraskan. sy suka tgk n suka buat benda2 yg rumit mcm 2 cz bl dpt siapkan, kpuasan 2 ada. hehe

  2. macam mana nak hubungi untuk tempahan ye ?