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Wood Carving Village

Exploring the artisanal heart of Bali: The wood carving village

Ever wondered where the stunning wooden sculptures in Bali’s markets come from? Nestled in the heart of Bali, the wood carving village isn’t just a place; it’s a portal into the island’s rich cultural heritage. This village, known for its skilled artisans, offers a unique peek into the traditional craft of wood carving.

Located a short drive from Ubud, the wood carving village of Mas is easy to reach by scooter or car. As you approach, you’ll notice the atmosphere changes—suddenly, you’re surrounded by lush greenery and the rhythmic sounds of chisels and mallets. The village itself is a quiet, laid-back place where the air smells of fresh wood and the streets are lined with workshops.

What you’ll see and do

Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with rows upon rows of workshops and galleries, each brimming with intricate carvings, from mythical creatures to lifelike statues of humans and gods. Walking through the village, you can stop at any workshop. The friendly carvers often welcome visitors to watch them transform raw pieces of wood into detailed artworks.

Highlights of the experience

Mas offers more than just stunning woodwork. Here are some of the top reasons why this village is worth a visit:

  • Live Demonstrations: Many carvers offer live demonstrations, showing their techniques and the tools they use, which are often handmade.
  • Shopping for Souvenirs: This is the perfect place to pick up a unique souvenir. Buying directly from the artisans not only gives you a good deal but also supports their craft.
  • Learning Workshops: Some artisans host short classes where you can try your hand at basic wood carving—an unforgettable hands-on experience!

Tips for your visit

To make the most of your visit to Mas, keep these tips in mind:

  • Respect the Craft: Remember, you’re visiting their workspace, so be respectful of the artisans and their creations.
  • Ask Before Photographing: Some artisans may prefer not to be photographed, so it’s polite to ask first.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes: You’ll be walking quite a bit, so comfortable footwear is a must.
  • Take Your Time: There’s a lot to see, so don’t rush through the village. Take your time to appreciate the art and craftsmanship.

Why it’s worth a visit

Visiting the wood carving village is more than just a shopping trip; it’s an educational journey into a world where art meets tradition. It’s a chance to connect with Bali’s artistic soul and bring home a piece of its cultural fabric.

So, if you’re keen to see Bali beyond its beaches and temples, make your way to the wood carving village. It’s not just an outing, it’s an immersion into the art and soul of Bali.

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