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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wonders in Wood

His name is Shanmugham and he is popularly known as "Antique Shanmugham". He lives in Coimbatore. He has plenty of "wonders in wood" to show you: Center Tables, Mirror frames,Pillars, Diwans, Wooden Chests, Swings, Sofa sets, Cradles, Cots, Dressing tables, Chest of Drawers, Cupboards, Key Holders, Book shelves. You name he has it or he can create it for you.
Shanmugham's is an interesting story. He initially took up hard ware business. but it sunk. Next he tried his hand at textile marketing but that too collapsed. During one of his business trips to Bangalore he chanced upon an Antique shop & there he discovered a passion that was to change his life forever.

Antique Shanmugham at his factory & workers
Wooden Pillars
Photo Frames for Tanjore painting
Another photo frame
Other creations
Low level Diwan & Mirror Frame
Door Frame
Wooden Pillars
Wooden Chests
Shanmugham has also converted his house into an antique musueum: See pics below:

Entrance Door Gate & Balcony
Side Balcony
Grandfather Clock & Puja(prayer) Corner
Drawing room corner

52 comments:

  1. This is such a useful post for me...will visit him whenever i travel to coimbatore. Thanks RK

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  2. It's inspiring everytime I see fondness to something results into something more profitable. And he is very talented. Beautiful works. :)

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  3. He is talented. Loved the chests and the doors. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I love wood! And I'm so impressed with people that can work in wood. Among these works, I like the chests best!

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  5. Those guys are really good at what they do. That's some pretty impressive work! You really have to appreciate the labor that goes into these hand-made products.

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  6. Loved his works. A very good talent. :)

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  7. Wow, thank you so much for sharing this. The wood prayer-place looks amazing. Fabulous creations!

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  8. What kind of wood does he use? Does he have a favorite?

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  9. @Gigihawaii: Rose,Teak, Neem, Vengai(tropical timber, very dark in color),Jackfruit anything !Most of the furniture he creates with pieces of old furniture or door panels.For eg. the frame of an easy chair transforms into frames for two huge mirrors.Old ornate door panels form the border for divans & cots, "palagais" (rectangular wooden seats used in South India for sitting on the floor)become slabs for book shelves,& small pieces of no great value transform into stands on which you mount tiny show pieces !

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  10. Tanjore painting, wood carvings and the idols of the God and Goddess are absolutely superb and very minutely all the small work has been done with beautiful design. Very talented and creative person. Thanks for sharing this lovely post.
    When I visited Vaishno Devi temple at Jammu 4 years before that time I was waiting for the darshan and when the time came, darshan was just for a minute due to huge crowd but I can still remember that moment which is very very precious and will be memorable for my whole life.

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  11. The door and pooja room pictures are beautiful! He must be very good in his work!

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  12. A nice post. Amazing work by these people.Good pics too.

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  13. Oh my goodness, what work and character in the man himself!

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  14. this is such a terrific post, this man is such a master!!! I love Indian furniture for their immaculate detailing and palpable love put into every piece. I own a beautifully carved Indian mirror and cannot wait to add more pieces to my collection. I'm telling you, I think I must've been Indian in my past life time!!!

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  15. So good he has found a way to transform his life and make good business! Lovely house too!

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  16. He is really talented. And what an interesting life...it's great that he finally found something he really likes to do!

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  17. Great story, it is wonderful that Shanmugham discovered his talent. He does fine work!

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  18. Artist like him are a treasure in our country, we must support them.

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  19. wow wonderful ... thank you so much for sharing ...

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  20. Really, he and his team mates are doing amazing work out there....

    thanks for sharing it here...!!

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  21. Beautiful wood work, he's so talented!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Congrats RK! you are my choice for the "versatile blogger" Award...receive it here:-)

    http://ashokism.blogspot.com/2011/12/versatile-blogger.html

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  23. Namaste.....
    wow, i wish he was close, i would order 2 wooden chests, a center table and a side table + a mirror. Thank you for sharing blessings to you and yours and also for the crafter.

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  24. He is so talented, I am glad he found his way.

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  25. Stunning items!
    I think indian people are extremely talented, and Shanmugham is just one of them. He has my admiration for his wooden works.

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  26. Wonderful collection of beautiful works in wood.

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  27. So nice to visit your world and all this great work.
    Nice pics too!

    Thanks for your visit and comments.
    Regards from Norway:-)

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  28. Hello.
    I'm visiting from Ruby's blog.

    This man has so much talent. The detail he can impart into his pieces is truly amazing.
    Nice photos & post.
    Thanks for sharing.

    For ref:
    Thoughts Of Beauty In The Stillness Of Dawn

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  29. Very nice work of art!!!
    And your photos are so beautiful!!!
    Many greetings my friend

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  30. Beautiful pieces of art. I would like to visit him. Could you please give me his address or contact number.

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  31. Thanks Ramakrishnan..!! Thank you so much for bringing out my dad's work in the blog.. Mr.Shanmugasundaram's contact number is +91 9842247496.

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  32. Hello Everyone ,
    I am happy to announce that a article has been published in THE HINDU national newspaper (India) about my dad and his work. Thanks everyone for your support without which he wouldn't reached this level.
    Below is the URL link to article :
    http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/old-and-beautiful/article5530377.ece

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    1. I bought a pair of tickets 5 1/2 ft pillars last year. He polished and then sent me the pictures. This is the only item I bought for our new home without touching or seeing it from near. Was taken in by Shanmugham's sincerity when I spoke to him over the phone. One of our best purchases. He shipped to us in Bangalore and we picked it up from the transport office.

      You must make a simple gallery website for us to see pieces that are available.

      Mohan

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    2. Thanks Mr.Mohan Sundaram for your message. We are currently in process of going digital for business development and as first step we are updating about our available product via professional FB account. Please if wish connect with my account to know more about my products :
      www.facebook.com/shanmugasundaram.krishnasami

      Thanks,
      Shanmugasundaram.K

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    3. thanks for the info. what would be the cost of the dewan shown in the picture

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    4. Hello Subha - We have diwan ranging from 6k - 20k based on work and wooden type. Please give a call to +919842247496 to know more.

      Thanks - Hari

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  33. Hello sir this is sriram from Madurai your collections are so beautiful we want to contact you so pls cal me on this no9524720720

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  34. Hello sir this is sriram from Madurai your collections are so beautiful we want to contact you so pls cal me on this no9524720720

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  35. Hello Everyone ,
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    Thanks ,
    Shanmugasundaram Team

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  37. Nice information. Thanks for sharing the article in the blog.

    thank you

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