Wood-Carved Tree Secret Puzzle BoxRegular price $70.00
Fair Trade! Diligently carved by hand in an oval of suar wood, a beautiful tree fans its curling branches on the lid of this puzzle box from Bali. Sarwaedi creates this puzzle box, which opens with three separate pieces to reveal an interior for storing small items and keepsakes.
- Materials: Wood
- Colors: Brown
- Approx. Dimensions: 2.6" H x 3.1" W x 5.5" D
- Approx. Weight: 0.4 lb
Original Artisan Story:
"'My children should have a better life than mine before.' Whispering this sentence always builds my spirit."
People know me as a humorist, a simple and fully responsibility man. From the time I was in fourth grade, I worked and paid my own tuition. I learned wood sculpture by watching my parents. In those days, children began learning the art at a young age and I was not alone. I had many kinship friends that time.
By the time I was in senior high school, I was always very late in paying my tuition and my parents couldn't help me because they didn't have the economic means to do so. At the same time, I wasn't getting any orders for my wood carvings. I was so ashamed of my impoverished condition. But going through all of this strengthened my spirit and determination about my own future. I knew I wanted to have a happy family and raise my children in better conditions than I had.
Finally, I graduated from high school and married the woman who is now my wife. We have two children — a boy and a girl — who are currently in high school. 'My children should have a better life then mine before.' Whispering this sentence always builds my spirit.
Today, I continue working with wood, but I'm focusing on making vases and classic boxes. I enjoy using the lathe, then carving the objects with manual tools such as chisels, hand-saws and mallets. I give unique finishes to my designs to distinguish them from the others. I believe mahogany is perfect for these designs — it's easy to find and good for the lathe and for carving.
I'm very excited about showing my designs worldwide, and I hope my dreams and goals for my children will come true.