The Fruit Carving Story:

 

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.

Decorating fresh, 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 next.

There 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 piece.

Thanks to Khun Sittiruk Roytrakul.

 

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