Wood Carving with descendants of Imperial Artisans

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$21.00 per guest
Hosted by Nguyen Dinh Du
4.8 Out of 5
5 Reviews
Nguyen Nhatdiep Vietnam
5
16 Mar, 2018

I did a wood carving class with Mr Dinh and it was a highlight of my trip in Hue. Me Dinh is sooo friendly. He helped me...

Daniel Gilloon Laos
5
19 Sep, 2017

Nice lesson in carving from a master in Hue, Viet Nam. If you're a novice, pick out a design that's simple. And be prepa...

$US 21.00 per guest
3.5 hours
1 - 4 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

Hue is a historical city that used to be the Imperial Capital in the Nguyen Dynasty. As such, this city has many amazing crafts handed down from generations to generations. Wood carving is flourishing craft in central Vietnam. With plenty of good wood available and the availability of contracts in the imperial era, wood carving communities flourished here in the past. Unlike many other traditional crafts, wood carving has managed to stay relevant with the times and is still very much in demand as a trade. Modern and ancient techniques come together to achieve the highest form of wood carvings under the craftsmanship of masters with years of experiences under their belt. Whats even more fascinating is to sit at our hosts workshop, sit on the floor and covered with wooden chips as you learn and bring to life a block of wood An almost nourishing sensation takes over and you instantly form a deep connection with your carving. With this wood carving workshop you will not only be able to see this amazing craft for yourself but be trained in the basics of the craft under the tutelage of a master! While you of course won't become a master in this short time, we guarantee that you'll be amazed at what you can achieve in this short time with zero experience. And you'll have a new-found appreciation for this craft and be able to recognize the beautiful carvings at the imperial palace better, and also a new found skill in your hands. At the end of the workshop, you will have completed your own handmade wooden mask that makes for a great wall piece!

Additional Information:

  • If you have want to carve something of your own choosing, get a sketch along and we'll try and make it happen. :)
  • Art of creating your own handmade wooden piece
  • Instruction from master woodcarvers with years of experience
  • Authentic workshop near the famous Imperial City of Hue
  • Insight into the longstanding traditions of central Vietnam
  • A new way to appreciate one of the country's enduring trades
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time

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Nguyen Dinh Du

Mr.Du has been a wood carver for 20 years now. Working at a touristy area, he's really proud and happy to show Vietnamese craft to friends from other countries. It would be a privilege for you having him as a teach...

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5 reviews from people who took this experience

Nguyen Nhatdiep Vietnam
5
16 Mar, 2018

I did a wood carving class with Mr Dinh and it was a highlight of my trip in Hue. Me Dinh is sooo friendly. He helped me with the wooden piece and turned it into a special souvenir for me to bring home. Would recommend this activity to anyone who loves craft and wants to experience a really off-beat thing.

Daniel Gilloon Laos
5
19 Sep, 2017

Nice lesson in carving from a master in Hue, Viet Nam. If you're a novice, pick out a design that's simple. And be prepared to sit on the ground. This proved difficult for me after a while with my bad back. Not the carver's problem or Backstreet's, just a bad back.

Robyn Till
5
22 Aug, 2017

I did enjoy my woodcarving workshop! Thank you. My host was a delightful young man and the owner, his wife and all the staff were generous and fun to be around. I took wee bit longer to complete my carving. I have to say it was more ambitious than I had expected. Cannot believe I (with some help!) Made the bowl!!! The ride on the boat out to the island was also most enjoyable.

Zhu W Hong Kong
4
2 Jun, 2015

We had fun time with Mr. Dinh at this wood craft class. He was so kind and patient to us. If you go to his shop you will know that he is dedicated to his art and he teaches his students with same dedication also. Very very thankful to him for teaching us how to craft on wood. We started with a plain block of wood but after 3 hours made our own smiling face on the wood. Everyone must go for this class.

Stein L Germany
5
1 May, 2015

Simply amazing! To sit there with a master with all those wood shavings of the piece I was working on in an authentic setting where the master who is teaching you works himself! I have never ever been so up close with a master of his craft and learned from him right under his nose while he spoke in a language I didn't understand (yes, I had a translator but I picked up most of what he was trying to teach me by simply observing his hand gestures).. the beauty of art transcending language barriers.  Absolutely loved every moment I spend on this afternoon and I even left with my own self-made piece of wood carving. MUST DO for all travelers.

US$ 21.00 per guest
5 Reviews