Wood Carving Class

Learning From the Masters Who've Built Kathmandu's Ancient Cities

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$19.00 per guest

Highlights

  • Learn the traditional process form master wood carver who has been with his craft for over two decades
  • The class will be held at the hosts own workshop and store so you may want to purchase some of his incredible works of art
  • Makes you truly appreciate the countless carvings on the walls of the ancient cities of Kathmandu
  • You get to take home your very own hand crafted souvenir or gift this personalized carving to a family or friend

Inclusive of:

  • All tools and materials
  • English speaking guide

Not Inclusive of:

  • Pick-up and drop-off service (can be included at additional cost)
  • Meals
  • Larger wooden pieces
5 Out of 5
38 Reviews
janice shon United States
5
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 gu...

Marli Gutierrez United States
5
22 Apr, 2019

Heera was lovely and this was such a wonderful and personal experience! I have always been interested in wood carving an...

$US 19.00 per guest
4 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

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

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.

Additional Information:

  • 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.

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Your Local Host

Heera Ratna Karmacharya

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...

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38 reviews from people who took this experience

janice shon United States
5
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 Gutierrez United States
5
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 p... Read more

Tara Visani United States
5
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... Read more

US$ 19.00 per guest
38 Reviews