Carving Wooden Masks

A Workshop with a Master Craftsman

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$25.00 per guest
Hosted by Kedar Dhanuki

Highlights

  • Hands on Mask Carving Workshop with a Master
  • Guidance on every step of the way
  • Experience first hand that the undertaking of wood carving involves not only technique but also precision, patience and a deliberate fondness for the process
  • You get to take home your very own hand crafted souvenir or gift this personalised carving to a family or friend

Inclusive of:

  • All raw materials and tools needed for the workshop
  • English Speaking Guide

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
4.8 Out of 5
13 Reviews
Shee M Saudi Arabia
5
21 Jun, 2018

We attended the mask carving class. It lasted about four hours and we left with two lovely masks. The carpenter was extr...

Brad B Nepal
5
11 Jan, 2018

It would have been far easier to buy a mask from one of the shops along the street, save for the experience of meeting K...

$US 25.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 6 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

More About This Experience

Calm & elegant, these elongated faces adorn the insides of Tiki bars and classy rooms. Made entirely from a single block of quality wood, they were symbols of luck and prosperity. Try unravelling the mystery behind them by carving one by yourself! The wood carving process is actually a pretty simple one! Simply draw, design, carve and finish! But the tough part is in how to get the carving right. Here's where the master will be able to guide you through every step of the way so your mask doesn't end up with a bigger eye or crooked mouth. Even then it wouldn't look too bad; the face is already pretty long ;) Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.

Additional Information:

  • Workshop is conducted sitting on the floor so women should not wear skirts
  • It can be tiring to some so feel free to ask the host for as many breaks as necessary
  • This activity requires use of sharp chisels so maintaining personal safety is important
  • Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Be at the pick up location at the tour start time.

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Your Local Host

Kedar Dhanuki

A master craftsman, Kedar has been carving for more than 10 years. Financial success however does not always follow such dedication. He barely makes enough to get by. Learn about his passion and help his family avo...

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13 reviews from people who took this experience

Shee M Saudi Arabia
5
21 Jun, 2018

We attended the mask carving class. It lasted about four hours and we left with two lovely masks. The carpenter was extremely talented and patient and we thoroughly enjoyed our time. We will treasure our masks forever. Our translator Aarzoo was lovely. She met us at an easy to find location and took us to the building, which we would never have found by ourselves. A truly lovely young lady, very helpful and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this class, we were absolute beginners but we still managed, albeit with a lot of help, to create lovely masks. Thanks to Backstreet.

Brad B Nepal
5
11 Jan, 2018

It would have been far easier to buy a mask from one of the shops along the street, save for the experience of meeting Kedar, Anil, and her aunt. We sat in the outdoor stairwell of her apartment building drinking tea and chatting about family, favorite foods, and cell phone bills. Kedar Dhanuik is a master carver from the hill country. As we sat indian style (or whatever the pc term is) he grabbed a block of Lahare pipal (a local soft-wood), unrolled an assortment of chisels and pulled out a wooden mallet. He started chopping off large sections of the wood block getting a rough shape, then used the chisels to more intricately carve the block. At first, he guided the chisel as I hit with the mallet, then allowed me to do some carving as he closely watched. He took over or guided the chisel at some of the more complex sections. Within a couple of hours we had finished carving a ceremonial mask, that I have to admit, you would have a hard time distinguishing from one purchased in a store.

Maria Bern Nepal
5
6 Dec, 2017

We did the mask carving course and loved it. Lots of fun doing it and the result was really good!:) really nice people holding the class!

adam sahrin Seychelles
5
30 Nov, 2017

Great experience! Friendly, welcoming and very helpful! After you have completed your mask you will have a greater understanding of how much effort and skill that go into the different masks and crafts that you see around Nepal. Do this! And don't be afraid to do mistakes, it's not supposed to be a perfect mask :)

Audrey W Gabon
4
14 Sep, 2017

The Backstreet team were very helpful when it came to changing the dates for the session (twice!), which was much appreciated. I enjoyed the carving too, seated on cushions outside one lady's apartment. It would have been useful to have a bit more of an explanation about the technique (e.g. correcting the angle of the chisel); but then I guess that is something I should have asked about.

US$ 25.00 per guest
13 Reviews