Walnut wood has been regarded as the finest quality of wood in Kashmir, which is chiselled to intricate designs. But, the number of skilled artists who can carve this has reduced to a great extent.
“This was a good trade earlier, there is nothing left in it now. It did not earn us any great but at least our lives were going on comfortably before,” says Ali Mohammad, a master carver.
The process of making walnut wood products is very grinding. The wood used for this carving can be from the root or trunk of the tree. After felling of trees, planks are stationed for more than a year for seasoning.