Incredible Lanna Carving Tradition of Thailand

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Nopradol Khamlae is a seasoned woodcarver living in northern Thailand and trained in the local “Lanna” carving tradition, arguably amongst the world’s most intricate and spectacular styles.

Nopradol has been carving in the Lanna style for over 35 , the skills having been passed down in his family. The tradition owes much to carver monks producing devotional works for Buddhist temples. A stunning example, Wat Bupparam, in the center of Chiangmai has doors and window shutters of thick polished teak relief carved with scenes from Buddhist scripture,
much of it epic in scale and detail. The abundant, fertile nature of the Thai countryside is background to the work, especially the succulent and sacred Bhodi Tree under which Buddha is said to have gained enlightenment.

I had a chance to take one of his three-day workshops, geared toward students with some experience in art or with tools. During the course, Nopradol’s hands were never still and his focus was absolute.
I had a chance to take one of his three-day workshops, geared toward students with some experience in art or with tools. During the course, Nopradol’s hands were never still and his was absolute.

The hill country around the city of Chiangmai in northern Thailand was once the King- dom of Lanna. It was rich in teak, one of the world’s great durable timbers: once used for ocean-going sailing ships, teak can also be carved into details the of a leaf.

With this legacy, the region evolved

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    • GLOW
    • March 26, 2015


    • Daniel Oesterman
    • March 26, 2015

    Dude, I like that you didn’t talk and love the music!

    • TheMrWoodsman
    • March 26, 2015

    Nice work fella and a kick ass jig!

    • Nathaniel Kencke
    • March 26, 2015

    very resourceful.

    • Gaudenzio Toffoli
    • March 26, 2015

    Stavo cercando qualcosa di simile e l’ho trovato qui! grazie infinite per
    l’dea e la condivisione.Greetings from Italy!!

    • Robbiethewoodturner
    • March 26, 2015

    nice piece of wood well done 

    • Gary Docken
    • March 26, 2015

    How simple is that? I don’t have a planer, and this is just what my tiny
    budget can afford. Thank you.

    • Pantelis Stefanis
    • March 26, 2015

    Ρίξτε μια ματιά σε αυτό το βίντεο στο YouTube:

    • peregrinestudio
    • March 26, 2015

    I have just spent 3 hours clicking my fingers at a couple of planks and
    they are still intact 9-) what’s the secret to your success? lol
    Great video and idea

    • Steve Carmichael
    • March 26, 2015

    Wow, that was cool. Loved seeing the finish go on the wood. I see your
    guitar back there. he he

    • Peter Brown
    • March 26, 2015

    Nice cutting technique! I need to learn the ‘snap cut’

    • Chris K
    • March 26, 2015

    Dude, black magic is always sweet when it comes to woodworking!

    • BabboLozada
    • March 26, 2015

    Another good idea would be to make the jig as a sled, as one would do a
    crosscut sled for the tablesaw.

    • Gabriel Garcia
    • March 26, 2015

    maravillosa idea muy bueno

    • M. Maciel
    • March 26, 2015

    Muito bom sua idéia e seus vídeos. Parabéns. 

    • Richard isdorky
    • March 26, 2015

    Very nicely done.

    • mindfreak001009
    • March 26, 2015

    what brand and hp your router is..if you don’t mind me asking..pls..thanks 

    • Polish Buffalo Woodworks
    • March 26, 2015

    Looks great but for planing might want to change that bit to save a little

    • balisticsquirel
    • March 26, 2015

    Wait, so you had a plunge router but chose to cut a slot out of a board
    with a scroll saw !?!

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