Height of Carpentry – Vehicles Made of Wood
There lives a man blessed by Vishwakarma (Hindu god for all craftsmen and architects). Name of this legend is Lakshmanan. He belongs to the family of Aasaris (Carpenters) who are famous for making bullock carts and chariots or the so called Vahanas of deities in temples. In today’s modern world it has become a tradition and fame to say that “If father is doing a particular Job, it is not necessary that Son had to do the same Job.” I feel Lakshmanan is a living example to prove that this thought is wrong. Learning various new things is very good but one should not forget the family tradition. By deviating from the family tradition, we are losing so many wonderful talents that are being transferred from one generation to another in our blood. Creativity is the boon for this Carpenter Lakshmanan.
Talents of Lakshmanan from Porur are amazing. He had managed to make a wooden car with the help of wood. Karuvelam tree is one of the popular trees in Tamilnadu. There is also one belief in Tamil Nadu that the Karuvelam tree spoils the trees that are growing nearby and makes it as a forest not suitable for healthy fauna. However Lakshmanan from Porur had used the wood from Karuvelam tree to make a wooden car.
How did Lakshmanan make a wooden Car?
Lakshmanan is a normal carpenter following the family tradition by doing carpentry works. From his young age he was dedicated to carpentry works. Out of his dedication came up an idea of making a car made of wood. Lakshmanan had no idea on how vehicles work. He was then assisted by one of his friend who was a mechanic. He explained him how a car runs and the parts of the car body by dismantling a Maruti 800. After gaining some knowledge from his friend, he bought a old Maruti 800 car along with welding equipment to dismantle the car body. After dismantling the metal body of the car he dressed the car up with dry wood cut from Karuvelam tree. He designed the car body to look attractive by replacing every piece of metal in the vehicle with Karuvelam tree wood. He made the vehicle open top so that it looks comfortable with good air flow.
One speciality of Karuvelam tree is that it it gains great strength when dried in summer. He named the vehicle as Appar 25. The number 25 represents the 25 years of carpentry experience of Lakshmanan. The vehicle is suitable for riding. His wooden car was reviewed and rejected by the government of Tamil Nadu. Lakshmanan feels that the Karuvelam tree wood is capable of withstanding high heat and rain. This car can also be suitably used for tourist areas such as beaches, parks, theme parks, zoo etc to give an amazing feel for the people. He spent nearly 5 lakh to build the car and give the shape that it has now. The vehicle was displayed in All-India Handicrafts Sourcing Show at Valluvar Kottam. A connoisseur of art bought this wonderful piece of work by Lakshmanan for Rs. 2.8 lakh. He has also made some other works apart from the wooden car.
Other Wood works of Lakshmanan
The education qualification of Lakshmanan is just 7th standard. When asked, he mentioned “There are various scriptures and books for all forms of craft works. But for Carpentry there is no specific study or any book. People who learn carpentry works or engineering works, they just practice it. It is not being passed to the other generation using a course or study”. Apart from his regular carpentry works, Lakshmanan had written 7 books on Carpentry. When asked to him about the treditional carpentry, he said “Now good carpenters are becoming less in number. Traditional carpenters don’t make their children work in the same field. But in my case, though I send my children to School, I am now training 42 persons in carpentry”. Apart from the wooden car, Lakshmanan also created wooden bikes and Bicycle made of wood. His next dream will be to make a wooden Jeep.
Contact Details of Lakshmanan, Wooden Car maker in Chennai
The residential and business location of Lakshmanan is in Popur in Chennai.
Contact Person: Lakshman
Phone: 044 – 24826898
Address: No. 48, Kundrathur Main Road, Porur, Chennai – 600116
Land Mark: Near Corporation Bank