Carving is an art of creating design on an object by chipping some portion of that object using specific tools. Carving can be achieved on any solid material that can hold the shape even after some part of it is chipped off, and yet soft enough to be able to carved. Though wood & stone are most popular material used, carving can be achieved on bone, ivory, ice, soap, candle, fruits & vegetable,……

In this section we will discuss vegetable & fruit carving.

The most popular theory of the history of vegetable carving is that it originated in Thailand. It started during the Loi Kratong festival in the 14th century. During Loi Kratong, rafts are individually decorated using many objects, including banana leaves and flowers.

In the year 1364, one of King Phra Ruang’s servants, Nang Noppamart, had the desire to create a unique decoration for her raft. Nang carved a flower from a vegetable using a real flower as a pattern. She carved a bird as well and set it beside the flower. Using these carvings, she created a raft that stood out above the rest. King Phra Ruang was impressed by the grace and beauty of the carving and decreed that every woman should learn this new art.

As the centuries passed, enthusiasm for this art waxed and waned. In the mid 20th Century, the art of vegetable carving began to grow outside Thailand. Since then other cultures have slowly come to appreciate the beauty and culture associated with the practice. Today, one can marvel at Vegetable carving throughout the world.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_carving

Tools & Supplies

Carving material: Vegetables & fruits that you want to carv

Carving tools: Set of carving knives

Videos showing tools used for carving & how to use them:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JE7ylEsQAs
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8doZ61SFew

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