Gamelan Instrument Factory of I. Made Gableran in Blahbatuh, Bali. Photos illustrate the different stages of bar preparation, wooden frame carving and painting, and finished instruments for sale in their showroom, June 3, 1999.
After casting, bars are heated and hammered. Bellows operated by the man in the yellow shirt intensify the heat.
Hammering the bars: note the footwear – flip flop sandals!
An electric grinder is used to remove black carbonization from the bars that formed during heating.
Bars are hand filed to a smooth shiny finish before final tuning.
Bar filing before final tuning.
Wood carvers roughing out instrument frames.
Close up detail of a Jegogan wooden frame end.
Gold paint application to instrument frame.
Bars are hand tied to instrument frames with nylon cord.
Showroom floor with Rincik, 4-note Gamelan Angklung instruments, and Gamelan Gong Kebyar instruments.