Thursday, August 30, 2007

Kanda House

The walls of this house are made from kanda (cane). The trunks are split and beaten then dried and woven into panels.

The outside of the trunk dries darker than the inside, so patterns can be made when it is woven together. As you can see, this house has then been painted as well. It is a mixture of old and new with glass louvres and flyscreens.

This type of paneling in its natural state can be varnished, and is often used in modern hotels, bungalows and offices. It is very attractive.

22 comments:

oldmanlincoln said...

It is a very attractive building and probably very appropriate for the area. I like the photo of it too.

Funny that you mentioned how the dove photo seemed to capture the character of the bird. I got a long, long email from a person who is into photography and found me by searching on the internet for a lens for the same camera that I have. Anyway, she said the same thing.

Thanks too for coming by and leaving a comment. It is nice to get and great to give.

Marie said...

Very attractive indeed. I love it. I think I would be able to live in such a house, in close "contact" with trees and plants (and surely a few little animals :-))

Pia said...

Hi Jules, It's me again, Pia. I'm a huge fan of this site and have just got the right password to post comments. So many of your pics bring back great memories as I am a meri bilong gazelle coming there with my p's at 4 and leaving with new hsband in 1974. Total tolai. Isee youv'e swum at all my fav watering holes; Tovarua, Raiven, Duke of Yorks, etc. Went to Sacred Heart Mission for primary, Rabaul High for some of secondary and UPNG for BA. I miss Rabaul every day sometimes even multiple times of every day. So lucky you and keep things coming. I wish they'd had the internet when I was there. More l'histoire anon.

Annie said...

That is very special and unique to your area?

CaBaCuRl said...

I guess it's using sustainable resources AND is a dwelling that fits in with its surroundings. Do the patterns painted on walls have any significance?

Faye Pekas said...

What a beautiful building. I just landed here at random but I'm glad I did. You have some wonderful photos here :)

Lavenderlady said...

From this angle the walls look like quilt patterns. All the world around....

Jules said...

Hi Pia - is this Deidre from previous posts now in Beijing???
I am so delighted that you can visit me but a little nervous too as you would be the expert!! I hope I have been accurate - please tell me (gently) if i haven't been!!!!

Annie - this is how it was done in the past but more modern materials are often used now which aren't as nice.

cabacurl - i don't think so there are a number of different ones that are used. They often weave words into the patterns as well.

lavender lady - yes you are so right - the world over It is one thing we bloggers realise pretty early on - just how like we all are!!!!

faye pekas - hi and welcome, hope you can drop in often

• Eliane • said...

It is very cute. AND it does miss a little something... a vespa maybe? ;)

Jules said...

elaine - you're right a vespa would be perfect!!!!

M.Benaut said...

Wow, Jules. I'd love a garden buré like that. Make Aldgate seem a little more tropical, perhaps.

oldmanlincoln said...

LOL, Jules, no, I was actually thinking of those real Gooney Birds on Midway and Wake Islands and assumed they were on most or all islands in the Pacific. They were all over the place when I was there 4 times (going over to Japan and coming back to the states we landed at one or the other of these islands). The other bird I was talking about was also the real Albatross we used to see anywhere in the middle of the ocean. A giant bird. I would think those would be also around anywhere you are in the ocean. They used to be.

Chuckeroon said...

I'm particularly psd to see that it's raised..... ;-).....

Steve Buser said...

Spectacular use of local material -- turns ordinary into something special.
--steve buser
New Orleans Daily Photo

Old Wom Tigley said...

WOW
Beautiful picture of a beautiful building.
Jane said thanks for you kind words and I;m hoping to get her to combine some of her stuff with my pictures.

Donna said...

Beautiful website! Great reading. Love the photos. Have a great day.

M.Benaut said...

Just a little confession. Left my camera at the pub last night and couldn't post - nothin' - ...
It was my swimming night and in all this heat.... well, you understand. Thanks for worrying. I owe you one, mate!

Denton said...

Interesting that there appears to be no steps. I can understand being raised on stilts. But I would not enjoy the big step to get into the house each day. Of worse falling out of bed and then falling out of the house.

Percy said...

Jules

Would like to email can you please dropme a line at percy@huttriverprovince.net thanks and like everyone else, we love you photo's

Jules said...

denton - yeah i noticed that too - maybe they use the back entrance!!!!

m benaut - so glad you are ok - did you get your camera back!!!!

donna - many thnaks so glad you enjoy!!!!

Rich said...

Hi Jules
I love this picture :)
Your blog is growing wings and beginning to soar... Brilliant.
Rich

Planet Earth Daily Photo
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Nabeel said...

hmm .. well to me it looks like a peaceful resort away from all the city life (in my case). But overall it is too small for a family to live in for a long time.