This project was such a joy to work on. At the last minute I flew from Idaho to Vermont in order to film and understand Floyd Scholz bird carving seminars. I have never experienced quite an environment like this. People come from all over the place to take his courses in bird carving and most have been coming to the carving classes for more than 10 years ! Wood carving is truly one of the best arts to get into at any age. I can definitely say that this particular project simply made my heart happy. Floyd's class information and display of wood carvings can be found here: vermontraptoracademy.com/
A short film about wood carving, produced in collaboration with DICRC (Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre), Ahmedabad. Traditional wood carving, like many other crafts is slowly disappearing. DICRC are working on documenting, preserving and promoting many such rich traditions of space-making crafts.
The film is narrated by Mohanbhai Suthar, a passionate and experienced carver, who talks about the philosophy behind his craft, the spiritual belief of the carpenter community and the future of this tradition. A longer version of this film including further artist philosophy, issues faced by this craft in today's context and comprehensive documentation of tools and techniques of wood carving is in production and will be released shortly.