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Bali Statues have Limitations

Bali Carvers Running Out of Wood Supplies.

(5/16/2011) Wood carvers in the regency of Gianyar, Bali are finding it difficult to obtain supplies of Kayu Suar ( sub-species of Mahogany) needed to carve the statues and decorative objects that are a mainstay of the island’s handicraft industry.

As reported in NusaBali, the head of the Gianyar regional office for Trade and Industry, I Wayan Suamba, said, "the drought of suar wood has been raised to us by carvers for now more than two months."

Suamba blamed the shortage of the wood needed by carvers on diminishing supplies of mahogany available from Java. The wood is especially coveted by carvers for its dark color, refined grain and excellent presentation when used in carvings.

To keep the handicraft supply chain going and carvers fully employed, Suamba is urging the handicraft industry to adopt new types of wood for carving.  He said that other forms of mahogany, bread fruit wood and ebony are still available and should be used as alternatives by handicraft carvers.