The Joglo Man, Bali

by Ice on August 20, 2009


Today we visited our friend The Joglo man. We met him a few years ago when Slice was searching for what is called a knockdown house to build on an island.

Joglo Man and Slice

Joglo Man is from the US and came to Indonesia initially for one year to teach martial arts. Ten-plus years later he is still here.

According to the locals, he is so fluent in the language (Bahasa) that on the phone it is impossible to tell that actually he is a foreigner.

In addition to martial arts he now has a business in the restoration of traditional old houses called Joglos. He has a team of people who take the houses apart. They are relocated here to his work yard where they are restored.

A Joglo

When sold, they are moved to some final destination…some in Bali, even to Hawaii…where he reconstructs and modernizes them according to client specifications.

The joglo houses come from the island of Java. They are made from hardwoods like teak and nangka and the wood you see stacked in the following photos are over 100 years old.

The Joglo Man pays good money to buy these house but if it weren’t for him many of these culturally significant and historical houses might be lost. As the elderly leave this world the young Indonesians look to modernize their homes.

Slice and The Joglo Man…this isn’t a joglo but another very old and traditional house…this was one of my favourites today!

A Different Style House

A stack of roof tiles … sometimes these get replaced because the originals are too fragile to be reused.

Joglo Roof Tiles

A joglo…sans the outside walls…under restoration.

Another Joglo

A joglo house waiting to be restored. This wood is over 100-years old and some of the beams are 15 metres (45 feet) long.

100 Year Old Timber

Slice getting a closer look….

Joglo Under Restoration

An inside look at the roof of a joglo…

The Inside of the Roof

If you want to buy a joglo house, the Joglo Man’s website will be up soon…Sakti House

Moving To Hawaii.


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

shan August 25, 2009 at 2:12 am

when i saw the tiles on the roof, i thought of the tremendous weight, thank you so much, catching my next thought, as to what the framing to hold all that weight looked like. your photos make me feel like i am reading a novel, with the story being the backdrop. thanks for sharing your travels.

rmw September 2, 2009 at 7:06 pm

Obviously SHan has already caught up with your blog. So interesting I am glad you
clued me in again. I hope you are keeping a journal although it is all on computer so I
guess that is it. XXXOOO

Karyono November 16, 2012 at 10:57 am

familiar salutation,…
I am Karyono from REMBANG Central Java,I am going to buy Joglo houses&Gladak house in my Country.if U want to buy you can call me in my mobile : 081 326 346 034.
thank. Regards

arga rhoby hidayat December 18, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I am arga from kudus, Central Java,indonesian I am going to buy Joglo ukir houses ,Gladak house, bench, table kendalan in kudus city,.if you want to interested for buy ,you can call me in my mobile : +6281 325 734 824.

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