An all-wooden house
The Monday following our brunch at BatuJimbar restaurant, Andan phoned her father, who operates a large band saw in a lumber yard in Java. He is the "expert cutter" as many customers refuse that someone else than Pak Suhono (Mr. Suhono) saws their precious wood.
The idea of building an all-wooden Joglo appealed to me.
In Quebec, my birthplace, wood is a valued building material. My childhood home had oak floors and was decorated with woodcarvings. The college where I studied had hardwood floors on all levels and I loved the odor of freshly waxed parquets. As a young man, I enjoyed making furniture using wood dowels to replace nails. I liked making pine wood furniture that I would bring to a smooth polished finish, emphasizing its natural grain.
A Joglo is an all teak wooden house. Its structure is self-supporting.
Self-supporting structure of a Joglo
Once the Joglo is placed on a concrete foundation, the Javanese surround the structure with doors and walls that can be easily removed or replaced. The main body is made of four columns that support a series of beams that are mounted one above the other. The top one offsetting the bottom one by half it's width. These beams form what the Javanese call:
Tumpang Sari. Long wooden girders, resting on the Tumpang Sari, provide support for the roof tiles. Once all the timber is cut and fitted together, they are then individually hand sculpted by a Javanese craftsman.
The Joglo’s structure has the advantage of withstanding earthquakes that happen regularly in Java.