Kemenuh is a major carving center where Bali's world-famous artisans practice their craft. The mythic figures they carve - the legendary characters of the Hindu epics Mahabarata and Ramayana - are often three meters tall and demonstrate a level of technique and skill that has not been seen in the West since the days of the Italian Renaissance.
Statues of Garuda, the mythic bird of the Ramayana, Saraswati, the goddess of Art and Culture, Laksmi, the Goddess of Prosperity, and ever present Buddhas are found in all sizes carved from rare tropical hardwoods. Often an entire family is involved in the creation of these statues, with even small children and octogenarian grandmothers helping out with sandpaper. This area is being developed with great sensitivity to the environment, and travelers can witness how the Balinese are working to create a sustainable system for future generations.
This is a wonderful place to explore Balinese culture in depth, and you can even purchase a set of carving tools for yourself and perhaps learn a few tricks from the artisans, who make woodcarving look deceptively easy.