DIRECTORATE OF HANDICRAFTS AND HANDLOOM, GOVT. OF SIKKIM
WOOD CARVING

Wood carving is an ancient art form of Sikkim. Wood carving is done on a range of products like 'Choktsis'(carved table), bakchok(square table), wooden masks, decorative screens, lucky signs, alters,lamp stands and other decorative items in typical traditional designs like dragons,birds,phoenix etc.
The main raw material used in this craft is wood. Three types of wood are normally used such as 'tooni' (toona celiata),'rani chaap' (Macalia Exelsa), and 'okher' (Walnut).
First of all a piece of wood is cut into a desired shape. After seasoning and papering it smooth, very fine chisels and tools are used to carve out the designs. The carved pieces of wood are then assembled together and are ready for a coat or two of either colourful paint or polish.