Artisans At Work

Himalayan Woodcarving Masterpieces

Himalayan Wood Carving Masterpieces was established in 1982 though only registered officially in 1985.

The company came about when the late Rameshwor Prajapati decided to utilise the skills of the artisans that became unemployed after the end of the German Project in 1979. The 12 year German Project had created a lot of skilled artisans especially wood carvers in Bhaktapur.

Se eing the beautiful work of these artisans ,he and his american photographer friend Mr Stephan decide to work hand in hand to restore the wood carving sector. He collected many artisans and provided employment starting right herein this Math.

Our ?rst head Wood Carver was late Mr Indra Kumar Shilpakar. He was the senior artisan who worked with Germans in restoring the temples of Bhaktapur. He worked until the age of 68 with 10-12 wood carvers under him.

One of the noted projects done by Himalayan Wood Carving Masterpieces at that time would be the wooden windows of the Himalayan Hotel in Kupondol.

Himalayan Wood Carving masterpieces was the first few wood carving business which provided and produced many wood carvers for the future.

Now the company is run by the second generation of the prajapati family. Arunodaya Prajapati a quali?ed Eletronics and Communication engineer took over the company after completing his studies in 2009 bringing with him a new jest and creativity in the wood carving business.

Wood carving business was almost dying out with many young people opting not to continue in their family wood carving traditions. Most of the wood carvers belong to the Shilpakar caste and the more educated generations wanted a more desk bound job. But with more arrivals of tourists and their interest in 100% hand carved wood items, slowly more young people starting learning the skills.

At present, we have 14 workers, 2 of the seniors, Mr Krishna Prasad Shilpakar and Mr Hari Krishna Shilakar have been with us from the start.And 2 young female wood carvers who study as well as wood carve, usually it used to be a male domain in the past.

With Arun in the helm, Himalayan Wood Carving is heading towards more modern and contemporary products. In the last few years, with his design and abilities. the company is becoming very well known for 100% hand carved customised wood items that incorporates traditional newari wood carving art.