Artisans d’Angkor

Artisans d’Angkor

Artisans d’Angkor is based in the city of Siem Reap and was created in 1998 to help young people in rural areas surrounding Angkor Wat to train in highly-skilled crafts. Artisans d’Angkor now employs over 1,000 people and has said that rural workshops are helping to slow down rural depopulation in Siem Reap. Apprentices must […]

The Ancient Temples of Angkor Wat

The Ancient Temples of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, covering over 401 acres. Many of the temples remain beautifully preserved, others have undergone extensive restoration work and some remain ruins reclaimed by nature. The temples are completely covered in the most incredible and detailed stone carvings i’ve ever seen. Some carvings were much more in […]

Carving in Cambodia’s Capital

Carving in Cambodia’s Capital

The next stop on my journey is a country i’ve wanted to visit for years, the vibrant and bustling Cambodia. Arriving in the capital Phnom Penh, which is only a short ride over from Vietnams Ho Chi Minh, I was struck by the countless shops selling woodcarvings, a great place to start my hunt! A thin layer […]

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 […]

The Ta Oy – Laos’s Indigenous Woodcarvers

The Ta Oy – Laos’s Indigenous Woodcarvers

I apologise for the delay in publishing this latest post, I am currently in the foothills of the himalayas researching Tibetan carving and have struggled to find reliable internet the last few weeks. Hopefully this post reaches you, it’s about my time in southern Laos, which is one of my most memorable carving experiences so far! […]

Carvings in the Capital

Carvings in the Capital

Although I didn’t manage to find any more carvers in Luang Prabang, it was a brilliant place to be based for a few days, enjoying the local cuisine and the beauty of the surrounding area. We managed to head out to Kuang Si Falls, which is easily the most picturesque waterfall i’ve ever seen! At the entrance to Kuang […]