Akbar, 21 – carver.
At only 21 years old, Akbar is already deemed as one of the master carvers at the frame workshop. “I learnt a lot as a young man at home. There was an excellent carver in my village and he taught me everything he knew. He taught me about tools too, so I started collecting my own. My toolbox is impressive and I’m very proud of it.”
“My favourite shape to carve is a flower; lilies and roses especially. It takes a full day to carve one of those designs. If there’s a lot of work on and I’m finding it a bit much, there’s a community of carvers in the village nearby. They’re always there to help when I need them.”