Woodworking : Discover the secret techniques of the Tetouan School

Woodworking : Discover the secret techniques of the Tetouan School


These meticulously perforated partitions
reveal a craftsmanship that has been preserved for generations here at the
Tetouan school of arts and crafts. Woodworking is treated with reverence as
an art form rather than a craft. Artisan emeritus at the school, Muhammad Ilyas
Tobe reveals some of his carefully-guarded secrets The first step is the carving process. It consists of two types: the engraving of the “tastir” and the engraving of the “tawriq”, The first is geometric and uses geometric tools such as a compass, ruler and pencil, while the “tawriq” is inspired by the [floral] motifs of nature, with its flowers, jasmine, roses, trees and only requires a pencil. After the sketching and carving stages,
woodworking is next. There is also a first way to work with the technique of chiselling wood. The student is taught to glue his engraving on the wood and then to engrave the board using a “Sha’ara” (name of the tool) and “Lqaws” a manual drill. The third step is wood engraving: the motifs and drawings from the sketches are then engraved on the wood. They (students) engrave with “marabi’a” and “Dfaya” according to the formats and dimensions. The 4th technique is that of “Khirata” (filing) which is based on a machine called “tourno” Like many students before him, Mohamed Ilyass Tobe is the product of this centuries-old Tetouanese institution. After years of training and practice, he is now considered among the great masters of this artistic discipline. This school contains many beautiful artistic disciplines, has extraordinary teachers who are themselves masters in their respective fields. It could be said that it is an academy of arts and crafts in the city of Tetouan, . with a rich history and has given rise to many specialists in the fields of art carpentry The school is also known for offering a second chance to young people who are struggling to find work. By teaching them to master this centuries-old artisanal trade, the Tetouan School of Arts and Crafts not only safeguards the past, but also helps those who come shape through its doors to carve out a brighter future. you

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