The carving dilemma. Every home needs a gourd lamp and in Rising Star Workshop there is a gourd lamp

The hardest gourd crafting technique is what we call 'carving'.

There are two types of carvings. The one that starts from the upper skin of the material and goes as deep as a hole opens on the gourd.

This is slightly easier than the other carving. The other carving is starting from the outer skin and going as low as the lowest layer and stopping before a hole opens on the calabash. It needs a lot of time, skills and patience. And by mistake you open up a hole. The work is gone. No recovery. Below is a photo demonstration of hardest carving technique and a section from one of our lampshades 'A Union of Circles'.

Why don't we carve too much?

When you search for a gourd lamp on the internet, you will come across extremely impressive carving work with wonderful illuminations around. Fair play to those and I have a lot of respect. Prices may start from 500usd tough.

What differs our work from those artists is that we make our living by making gourd lamps and entirely dependant on the income from our work. Very challenging I must say. Particularly at this part of the world. We need to consider the commercial side of our business to make our living. That's why we don't do a lot of carving work. But it doesn't mean that we can't.

Gourd lamps are entirely handmade.

One person can make only a few number of gourd lamps in