Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.
More About This Experience
Wood carving is one of Lao's greatest skills, dating back to pre-Angkorian eras where craftsmen here turned all forms of wood into beautiful sculptures and frescoes that adorned the temples of the Angkor empire and subsequently many of the Wats as Buddhism spread throughout the region. Blessed with a diversity in the types of trees, wood carvers could perfect their skill and create various sculptures using different materials.
Today, wood carving is a slowly dying trade, kept alive by the temples which periodically order statues of Buddhas. A select few hotels also make it a point to custom make wooden signages and logos hand-made by the local wood carvers. There is however little economic sustainability locally and a greater appreciation of the craft would help its revival globally not only as an art form but as a key ingredient of sustainable products.
This exclusive experience is run by a master wood carver who used to carve pieces at the palace for the royal family and often points to a plethora of works at the National museum which is also the ground of the former palace. Don't miss this experience!
This course is over 4 hours so you might want to bring a snack and some water in case you get hungry :) There's also a nice restaurant nearby should you need to buy anything.
*If you are unable to finish your carving in 5 hours, you can ask your host to finish it for you and it will be delivered to your hotel in the next 1-2 days. If you'd like to completely finish your carving on your own, it is a great challenge to do it in half a day! So you might want to select the full day workshop add-on (Only available at 9am).
- Mosquito cream
There is no pickup provided. Location of the wood carving workshop is across the river on the bamboo bridge, beside Dyen Sabai Restaurant.
There might be other people on the same experience
Bring a raincoat or umbrella if it's rainy season (May to Oct)
If you are unable to finish the carving in the stipulated duration, the artisan will assist you to finish it and send it to your hotel at no extra cost
A native of Luang Prabang, Mr Lon has stayed in the same house all his life. He first learnt the craft from a relative when he was 20, and over the past 3 decades he has made thousands of works for hotels, temples ...
Our family enjoyed enormously the carving experience with Mr. Lon. We carved 2 boots and 1 elephant. This was a great educational workshop for the kids: to carve their own boots to play with instead of buying.
We booked and paid for four of us, but my husband spent his time only to help the kids (7 & 8 years old) instead of having made his own carving. It was quite hard work for young kids to carve in 5-6 hours long given that they received help from both Mr. Lon and the facilitator from time to time. If you travel with young kids, we would advise to book only for max 2-3 persons (kids are paid the same price as adults), so at least one of the parents can help the kids out during the workshop.
31 May, 2019
I made a small elephant in a half day class. it was harder than I've expected, but I managed to finish it. One day class could have been better for the beginner.
Gary MusserUnited States
20 Mar, 2019
Work one on one with the quality carver.
18 Jan, 2019
My husband & I made Buddha’s with Lon & Ying the interpreter. It was a really interesting & educational experience. Lon makes all his own tools and is very patient & good humoured about spending the day sharing his craft with inexperienced carvers like us. In a day you are not going to become a master carver, but he gives you the experience of how to use the tools to create different forms & patterns, while making sure your finished piece looks ok.
6 Jan, 2019
This was the first time that we tried wood carving and it was much harder work than we expected! Nevertheless, it was a great experience and the result turned out much nicer than we had hoped (thanks to our host who applied some finishing touches). I really came to appreciate the art and value of the products now after trying to make some myself.