“Hi! My name is Surasak. I was born in Chiang Mai in 1953. I studied science education in Chiang Mai, then worked as a teacher for more than 30 years. Now, I’m a retired teacher with a passion for woodwork.
“I’ve always been interested in teakwood furniture and have worked in this small business with my friends as a hobby. I let my children and my grandchild help, and whenever we get a large order I’ll hire a carpenter from Sankampang, a village that is widely known for traditional Thai crafts.
“I try to create new pieces from different woods, such as mango wood. I make a decorative wood tray in different sizes based on the khantoke, a pedestal tray used as a small dining table by the people of the Lanna hill tribe, who traditionally sit on the floor when eating. When the food is ready, it is poured into cups and placed on the khantoke tray. Then it is ready to be served. We hire craftsmen who have the specific skills required to carve the patterns of these khantoke trays. We cannot let too many workers work on these pieces, because then the patterns will be too varied.
“I think the unique character of my pieces is in their patterns and delicacy. Aside from wood trays, I want to present the beauty of Thai wood carvings from skillful craftsmen in the village. This business depends on the economic situation. Some wood carving shops in the village have had to close down, but the skillful craftsmen still work with me as freelancers.
“I hope my pieces can help people around the world get to know the beauty of Thai handicrafts, found nowhere else. I will try my best to present these wood carvings to Novica. Thank you, and I hope you like my work.”