The High Art of Balinese Wood Carving With Master I Made Ada and his son Nyoman Darta

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The High Art of Balinese Wood Carving

With Master I Made Ada and his son Nyoman Darta

Date: Tuesday, 15th June 2021 at 10AM

After a delicious plant-based lunch at Dapur Usada, you will proceed to the village of Pakudui, the home of Pak Made Ada, accompanied by our Cultural Liaison Putu Mahagiri. Your visit will start with a guided walk through the fascinating gallery and museum. The artwork, ranging from carved mythological sculptures, wooden panels and Balinese furniture, is presented and interwoven with the stories behind their making.

You will have the opportunity to observe the local artisans of Pakudui at work with a unique behind-the-scenes look into the studio environment and creative processes as influenced by the teachings of I Made Ada.
Nyoman, Pak Made Ada’s son, a respected teacher and artist in his own right, will guide you through a woodcarving class held in a traditional balé overlooking neighboring paddy fields. Under his instruction, you will learn to sculpt a wooden relief using a chisel and a mallet.

You will then sit with I Made Ada over tea and engage in a discussion. He will share some anecdotes from his past and how, many years ago, he managed to teach woodcarving to the local community, eventually turned Pakudui into the village of sculptors it is known today.

A third-generation master carver, I Made Ada is widely recognized as one of the greatest Balinese living artists, best known for his ornate wooden Garuda statues and meter-high sculptures. His statues, traditional wood panels and other sculptures find home in presidential palaces, museums, and important houses around the world.
Nyoman Darmawan Often addressed by his nick-name Gamang King, he is the 4th generation of a lineage of master woodcarvers.

• Plant-based lunch at Dapur Usada
• Guided tour of gallery / meeting the artisans
• Carving instruction with Nyoman Darmawan
• Discussion with Pak Made Ada and Usada’s cultural liason Putu Mahagiri over tea and snacks in the garden

700,000 IDR / person.
Please note that a minimum of 4 persons is required for this experience

10:00 – 11:45: ​Vegtarian lunch at DAPUR USADA
11:45 – 12:45: ​Arrive at Pakudui & guided tour of the gallery
12:45 – 13:15: ​Arrive at Pakudui & guided tour of the gallery
13:30 – 15:30: ​Experience of woodcarving lesson with Nyoman Darmawan
15:30 – 16:00: ​​​Tea and Discussion time with Pak Made Ada

In keeping with the social distancing protocols set by the Indonesian government, we are limiting the number of participants for our sessions in our experience.

Pre-booking required 1 day before

If you’d like to attend, please pre-register via Whatsapp at +6281246891734 or simply click

Meeting Point: Usada Bali
Jl. Sugriwa No.4, Ubud, Bali


(Tuesday) 10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Usada Bali

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