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More About This Experience
Wood work is an intricate part of Nepali design culture, where historically everything from temples, palaces, courtyards to monasteries are all adorned with some form of wood work. The most prominent aspect of this craft in Kathmandu valley are the window sill decorations (also called Ankhi Jhyal), if you ever walk around the old parts of the city such as new road, patan and bhaktapur then you will see most of the houses have these intricate wooden designs on their windows.
We did try the making the Ankhi Jhyal once before but the process was too long and time consuming for a beginner to be able to complete within a reasonable amount of time, and therefore we've opted to give beginner more simpler options to choose from. This course begins with you choosing your design, once that's selected then you will first have to mark it out on the block of wood. But before you actually go onto carving with the chisels, you will first practice on a spare block of wood to get the hang of things before moving on to your actual piece. This process can be tiring so feel free to take breaks frequently, and don't worry if some aspects of the course seem too difficult as Hari will always be there to help you out. A physically draining course but your efforts will be worth it once you see the end products! :)
Please note that if you have selected an add on for pick up then we use local taxis.
As you will be seated on the floor for this activity, please dress appropriately
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.
Heera has is not only a master wood craftsman but also a social worker. In the 15 years that he has been working with wood craft, he's also been teaching several housewives, home-based workers and students his craf...
I really enjoyed the class. Mr. Heera was friendly and willing to share his useful wood carving skills during the class. It's very nice that I can worked on my own product and brought it home with me. The guide was kind and helped translating during the class. Such a wonderful experience.
SS BarakzaiUnited Kingdom
26 Jul, 2019
Heera and his wife are friendly (but reserved in a nepali way) and we chatted throughout in a mixture of Nepali and English. He was very patient and guided me through the different techniques for creating different designs. Their kathmandu shop is small and so can probably only fit two people, but he has a larger place in Bungamati if you have a group. You should be ready to sit and work on the floor, crosslegged.
janice shonUnited States
27 Apr, 2019
Loved we had beautiful finished products that we will be proud to hang in our homes - we got just the right amount of guidance during our class and enough autonomy to make our works our own!
Marli GutierrezUnited States
22 Apr, 2019
Heera was lovely and this was such a wonderful and personal experience! I have always been interested in wood carving and this was the best possible way to get to know more about the unique and beautiful trade. Heera's shop is lovely and he is an energetic and wonderful teacher. The guide that was paired with me was also lovely and we had a really great time learning more about Heera's shop and an introduction to woodworking! Thank you so much! I definitely recommend this to anyone visiting Kathmandu and creative!
Tara VisaniUnited States
7 Apr, 2019
Wonderfully fulfilling. I have a whole new found appreciate for the art. I made a block print, which was different than what was initially planned but the instructor was very willing to let me do something different. The space is small and at times uncomfortable to sit on the floor but at the end it was worth it.