The Thai art of fruit carving
is a valuable heritage of
Thailand. Fruitcarving in Thailand has been around
for centuries and was originally exclusive to meals
prepared for the Royal Family. This knowledge hasbeen
passed on through generations only in person and to
loved ones, especially in the Royal Palace.
well-formed, and colorful fruits through artistic carving make food more
attractive and more appetizing. Many fruits are
artistically carved into a seemingly endless variety
of shapes and forms, in addition to flowers, such as
leaves, wheels, stars and the like. Pumpkin, carrot,
watermelon and pineapple are often used.
To perform this
art, as with the other arts, one must show patience,
eye concentration, steady hands and possess a perspective
of the desired art form while the sharp cut of each
line is made.
Fruit carving offers
several advantages. First, the initial investment to
learn craving is very minimal. With
just a few tools that create unique strokes and a selection
of fruits, the new fruitcarver can well be on their
way to completing their first project. Second,
this art does not require a special place or area in
which to work. A third advantage to fruit carving is
that it is a quiet and comforting craft.
The fruit that
you work with has a gentle feel to your hands as you
create your design. Many fruits even have a light pleasant
aroma as you work with the carving blank. Yet,
the most important feature of this art form is that
you will never run out of ideas as to what to carve
is no limit as to what to do with you carving once it
is complete. And you will never run out of people
who want one of your pieces of art. Friends and family
will be delighted to be the recipient of your next carving
Thanks to Khun Sittiruk Roytrakul.