Woodcarving in Bali, Indonesia

A number of woods are available for carving, including teak from Java, and balul, jackfruit, and baliwood in Bali. These historic woodcarvings are on exhibit at the Bali Museum in Denpasar:

Shrine at Agung Kawi

Carved wooden architecture, sculpture, and masks are painted with acrylic, lacquer and / or oil based paint.

These photos were taken at I Made Ada's studio in the Ada Guna Museum (still under construction) at Pakuduwi - Tegalalang 80561, Gianyar, Indonesia, telephone: 62 362 901234, adgaruda@centrin.net.id 

I Made Ada's Woodcarver

Each panel is carved by several assistants from one large piece of wood. Pencil marks (seen in the photo on the right) help guide the carvers.

I Made Ada carved this on the inside of  a log.

Some sculptures are painted, others not, as you can see in the front and back views of these monumental Garuda sculptures.

The wood is carved, then left to dry, then carved some more, then left to dry, and on and on in order to avoid cracks by letting it dry slowly and evenly.

Several types of wood are carved and joined for the large Garuda sculptures.

I Made Ada's son, I Nyoman Budi Darmawan, is carrying on the family tradition. For more about this studio, please see Traditional Carving of Bali, Woodcarving Magazine, March/April 2010, 113: 48-51.

These photos were taken at the studio of the mask maker, I Wayan Tangguh, Br. Mukti Singapadu Sukawati, Gianyar, Indonesia, telephone: (0361) 298685.

The mask is carved, then painted and sanded and painted and sanded and painted and sanded . . .until it becomes a masterpiece.

Several people carve the same piece together, then sand the large sculptures at Made Budiasa's Pemahat & Galeri, at jl. Goa Gajah, Teges, Peliatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia.

These photos were taken at Made Gelis's Sandi Akah, at jl. Bilukan, Sebatu, Tegallaland, Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia, 80561, telephone: 081337 468119.

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Recommended Guide: Rudy (arranged through Tutut) was my fabulous bilingual guide and driver in Bali.

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.