For all those who bear the secret sign of the woodcarvers’ guild (scars on the thumbs and index fingers from slips with the knife 😉 ), here’s a photo essay on how a wooden Buddha statue is carved. This display is at the Mok-A Museum in Korea, with the finished statue about 10 inches high. The founder is officially designated as what can best be described as National Living Treasure #108. Here’s a link to his site, and here’s a link to some photos of his work. (Click on the images here to see them up close.)
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8 thoughts on “How to carve a Buddha”
It is amazing and what fun to see how it’s done!
Wonderful! But, just imagine, you’ve done all that work, even most of the painting afterwards, and then it’s time to paint that moustache! There’s no way I’d be able to get my hand to stop shaking! LOL!
Thank you for a very interesting post Chong Go Sunim!
I never thought about the painting! I can’t imagine doing that! He’s painted the individual beads and even the gold lace patterns on the hem of the robes! The woodcarving is within the realm of doable for me, but just thinking about the painting on this makes me feel dizzy!
That is a good point, the painting is as impressive as the carving!
It’s a really beautiful work.
Is it a buddha or a bodhisattva? From the headdress, hair, robe and accoutrements, I assumed a bodhisattva, a version of Kwan Seum Bosal. But I dunno…
I think you’re right, though (looking up) from my perspective they all look the same! ^-^
From my perspective, they all look like you!
Truly gifted hands. I have a friend who has turned into an excellent carver in his retirement. I can see a visit to his workshop in my near future.