traditional wood carving pays for bills
May 30, 2012 7:23 pm
Life nowadays can be very expensive and carvers from Fulaga in Lau find no better way to earn a living than wood carving.
It is traditional knowledge that has been passed on to them since they were small.
They are well known for the specific skills which is helping them pay their bills.
Carvers know their market because they bring their skills and blocks of vesi wood and carve in front of the customers while some products are made to order.
Villagers in Lau send them the valuable Vesi and this keeps costs of their raw materials to a mimimum.
One popular local outlet for their wares is Jacks Handicraft and other souvenir shops throughout the country.
They also ensure that their children pick up the traditional skills so that they pass to their next generation.
Products such as grog bowls, woodern bowls,and even food bowls can be bought at eighty to hundred dollars for small size, Bigger ones fetch as much as five hundred dollars.