"Carving is a pretty hard craft to do, and requires several stages before you get to finish a product, but it also gives me a great sense of happiness and pride."
"Hi, I am Ketut Wijaya, from Lodtunduh Ubud. I am married and I have a son and daughter. I like the arts, music, plants and traveling. My hobby is playing guitar, and I also craft good guitars for my customers.
"I am grateful to be born and live in Bali, which is rich in culture, great in natural beauty and the people are very hospitable. My designs are mostly influenced by Balinese arts and culture, architecture, motion arts, fashion, paintings, and traditional music instruments.
"I worked as a tour guide when I was facing difficult times. I didn't even have a vehicle and couldn't go to university due to my family's financial situation. And so I became a self-taught artisan, I began to read a lot, and researched what people were most interested in. I experimented a lot and I tried and tried again until I found the best, not for me but for customers. I am really proud and satisfied of my designs, especially the chairs and stools.
"I work with lumber found in old houses or boats which had originally been obtained from various islands in Indonesia. They create an awesome vintage effect which people really love. All the materials I work with now are reclaimed woods. Though there are now some people working with me, including experienced wood carvers, I still craft and carve most of the products myself using regular manual tools like saws, chisels, grinders, sandpapers, etc.
"Carving is a pretty hard craft to do, and requires several stages before you get to finish a product, but it also gives me a great sense of happiness and pride. When you're working with waste-materials sometimes there can be some risks when trying to find them, but I believe that every material has its own great characteristics and will create various different finishing effects. Because of this my products will be slightly different, though they are the same design, they cannot be exactly the same as each other.
"My products are completely handcrafted, and people should know they are different and have special characteristics that make each one unique.
"I hope that my association with Novica will help me reach a greater international audience, and I also expect to learn much from this experience."