Woodworking and "making"

Posted on Sep 10, 2016

This summer, when I was in Nepal, I took some training on woodcarving. Many of the reactions to my woodcarving work surprised me, so I wrote an essay on the Karkhana blog about traditional crafts in Nepal and/vs the new maker community: “Kathmandu Mini Maker Faire: An opportunity and a challenge.” I would love if you read it, and passed me reactions you have! An excerpt after the photo:

My woodcarving teacher, drawing some designs before carving.

My woodcarving teacher, drawing some designs before carving.

The day before I came back to the US, I showed my grandfather the carving I had made over two weeks of lessons. I expected him to be proud: good job for learning a Nepali craft. Instead, his reaction?

“Oh, no!!!
You can’t do this laborer work. What’s the use of all that university education you’ve been getting?”

It was similar to the attitudes I heard from my own instructor. She had trouble, in the beginning, understanding why I was there.

The fully essay: Kathmandu Mini Maker Faire: An opportunity and a challenge.