Horn Carving in Bali, Indonesia

The same carving and finishing methods shown on this web page are used to carve shell, water buffalo horn, water buffalo bone, and mammoth ivory in Bali.
Most of these pictures were taken at Mantra, jl. Astina Pura Selatan, Br. Geriya, Tampaksiring, Bali, Indonesia, telephone: (0361) 901379, mantrabali@plasa.com

Buffalo horn was being carved the day I visited Mantra. The horn is cut into flat pieces with an ax . . .

A paper pattern is glued to a flat piece of horn.

 A scroll saw cuts along the outer edge of the pattern, then the edges are rounded on a sanding disk.

More intricate pieces are carved with a rotary cutter.

The pieces are polished on a buffing wheel.

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Web page, photographs, and text by Carol Ventura in 2007. Please look at Carol's home page to see more about crafts around the world.