Meet the colorful and incredibly talented Janaka De Silva – master carver, artist, and entrepreneur. Spend two days with him in his personal workshop turning an average block of wood into a beautiful, traditional Sri Lankan work of art. Join him and his assistants as they guide you through the history of the local mask and mask making culture, traditional tools, carving techniques, and safety before carving one yourself. The first day of your experience will be spent shaping and carving out the mask. The support staff (also local carvers) will guide you through the process and step in whenever help is needed. The carved our block of wood will be dried overnight and you will return the next day to add in further detail and smooth out the rough edges before painting them either the traditional way, or as you like it. At the end of the experience you will take back with you great memories (and even the skills needed to open your own workshop) and your very own mask”.
Image credit: Dilesh Dias