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Mohd. Ayyub Tahir

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Wooden Block Maker

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F-58, Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Nagar, New Delhi - 110025

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The wood used for Blocks is Sheesham from Farrukhabad in Uttar Pradesh. The sliced log is called Silliyan, which is then cut into pieces called Cheo. These pieces are left to dry for a year or two. Sand is then scattered and the surface is rubbed and smoothened with a stone. White or Black colour is rubbed on to whiten the surface called Ghisai.

Designs are then drawn with a pen and then the engraving process is initiated.

This is done with the required Kalams called Khudai. There are 40 kinds of Kalams which are divided for cutting, slicing, and to round and square the wooden blocks.

Then small dots are made which is Tipai. Thassa is used to smoothen the engraved design, and the edges are smoothened called Chilai Lastly the handle is attached called Mooth.

Numerous motifs like Fluttering mynahs, parrots, peacocks, and galloping tigers carry hidden messages in Arabic on these crafted finished blocks.