Thailand’s Scottish Carver

Thailand’s Scottish Carver

It was a great delight that back in November 2014 I received an email from Douglas Hastings, a Scottish woodcarver, who spends half the year living and carving in Thailand and the other half in the UK. After hearing about Carving Countries on a carving forum, Douglas kindly invited me to stop by his home and workshop in the east of […]

A Master Class in Thai Carving

A Master Class in Thai Carving

Enquire about woodcarving in Chiang Mai and everyone will point you towards the village of Bann Tawai, located twenty kilometres south of Chaing Mai’s city centre. Bann Tawai can be described as the central hub for commercial woodcarving and handicrafts in the area. It’s streets are lined with what feels like hundreds of craft shops that meet the demand […]

The Hidden Carvings of Northern Thailand

The Hidden Carvings of Northern Thailand

After the incredible elephant carvings of Bang Jang Nak I was left wondering what other hidden gems there were to discover in Chiang Mai, so set about finding them. It turned out that there was one place in particular that came up time and time again in my research; the home, museum and private collection of Mr Charoui […]

It’s All About the Elephant

It’s All About the Elephant

The hunt for Thai woodcarving led me first to Chiang Mai, a region in the north well known thoughout Thailand for its carving. My first visit was to the elephant carving museum of Baan Jang Nak (which translates as ‘house with lots of elephants’), roughly 20km south east of Chaing Mai. Although officially a museum, it […]

The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth

I heard about the Sanctuary of Truth back in August last year whilst posting on carving forums, such as Wood Carving Illustrated and the Woodworkers Institute, about possible carving links people might have in South East Asia. After looking through their website I was determined to visit the Sanctuary, and so after catching a very early […]