Sandalwoood - carving techniques
Craftsmen and co-operatives
|This intricately carved box is made from sandalwood.|
A common type of carving is a free standing human or animal figure. A carver starts by reducing a block of sandalwood to the rough shape. At first the carver will sit on the floor holding the block between their feet while hitting it with chisel and mallet. Gradually the figure emerges. Finer work is done using the chisel held like a pencil. The figure is then smoothed off with sandpaper and finally given a wax polish. The left over sandalwood shavings can be used to extract sandalwood oil or to stuff pin cushions.