Wood Carving of Sikkim

Wood craft was originally patronised by the Buddhist monasteries, where ornate wood work can still be seen. Wooden images of Lord Buddha, and wooden containers and utensils are still in use. The local Sikkimese use a wooden pot for churning curd to make butter, where the churner is also made of wood.

Choktse or small wooden table is amongst the many other carved wooden products. These tables are intricately carved, painted and polished. The wood used for the table is locally known as kath or tsingh and the tables are said to be of Tibetan origin. The various parts of the wood are first cut to the right size and then carved separately. The design is first stencilled on a paper which is transferred on the wood through the paper. Another interesting feature of the tables is the intricate and detailed carving that wood engravers are so adept in. The craftsmen use straight and curved chisels to work free hand without using any references.

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