The 15th Century Woodcarving Village

The 15th Century Woodcarving Village

Sadly this is my last post on Vietnam, but in the next article we will travel across to Cambodia and   see the ancient carvings of the Khmer empire. I absolutely loved Vietnam, it was an exciting country to explore, not only for it’s rich history in woodcarving, but also its friendly people, beautiful scenery and delicious food! The quality of […]

The Bamboo Carver of Hoi An

The Bamboo Carver of Hoi An

Carving Countries is back! I apologise it’s been a little while since my last post, a lot has happened since getting back to the UK earlier this summer. It’s been an exiting time, however, and the Carving Countries journey has proved to be a life changing project. Inspired to learn more about my own carving roots, the project has led […]

Vietnam’s Hidden Treasure

Vietnam’s Hidden Treasure

After the excitement of exploring the carving village of My Xuyen, 40km north of Hue city, I was thrilled to discover another hidden treasure of Vietnamese carving. My translator and guide for the day, Thanh Nhan Ho, had heard rumour of a 140 year old traditional house located somewhere nearby. He said it was remarkable […]

A Village Full of Carvers

A Village Full of Carvers

It was a hectic, dusty and busy ride north of Hue to the village of Lang My Xuyen. I was accompanied by a contact of Backstreet Academy who kindly agreed to be my translator for the day. It was his first experience of woodcarving and of coming to Lang My Xuyen, so after a few […]

The Laughing Buddha

The Laughing Buddha

After a long and traumatic bus journey from Laos to Vietnam, where our bikes were damaged, bags thrown around the bus by immigration officials and no toilet break for over 13 hours, we finally arrived into Hue, Vietnam. It was exciting to be in a new country again and from first impressions Vietnam was very […]