Mind Body and Soul: Balinese hand carved works of art

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Becoming hard to get, Java limestone statues with an incredible degree for detail are completely hand carved from a single block of stone, as mass production of concrete cast statues now becoming more prevalent.

Support of the local carvers is important to maintain lively hoods, skills and traditional carving methods for future generations. At Everythingbali they stock the most unique and comprehensive range of the highest quality carvings in the Illawarra.

In operation for over 20 years, this family business is owned by Peter Gray who personally handpicks items with a difference from Bali.

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“Not too many cultures around the world still mix culture into their handmade crafts, be it stone statues or wooden furniture,” Peter said. “The items we sell include Balinese furniture, handicrafts, hand-carved statues from various stone such as Java limestone, lava stone, green stone and granite plus genuine Bali huts (grass thatched roofs) in various sizes.”

Over the years Peter has travelled to Bali countless times, establishing trade relationships with village businesses that welcome him as a member of the family.

“If interested, I can source individual and unique items from Bali,” Peter added. The beautiful pieces available include accessories such as lanterns, wall panels, terracotta pots, jewellery, cushion covers, mirrors, lamps, paintings, sketches and masks, plus much more.”

Bring Bali to your backyard with a genuine Bali construction that comes in varying sizes. They can be custom made, ordered in kit form or installed by their construction team. The huts are exactly what you would see in Bali with carved square posts, thatched roofs and can include extras such as stone feet.

The authenticity and quality of the products at Everything Bali are guaranteed, as Peter does all the purchasing, packing and shipping himself.

“It means I can choose the best products and can check the quality of each piece before shipping it to Australia,” he said.

Open Saturday 10am - 2pm and Sunday 10am - 4pm. Located at 4-8 Casuarina Street (off Industrial Rd) in Oak Flats, phone 0414 673 104, email everythingbali@ dodo.com.au or go to www. everything-bali.com.