"He was a kind man and he knew about our family's strained condition. He offered me wise words of advice, encouraging me to work hard so my children would not suffer the same problems I did.""I am the son of farmers born in Tampaksiring, and the third of four siblings . When I was in the second year of elementary school my father passed away from a disease that spread out due to the disaster brought on by an eruption from Mount Agung.
"Our financial conditions became very limited after his death, so I used to work hard to help my mother and sisters. I learned to carve wood and worked as an artisan after school so I could afford to pay the school fees, help mother with food and also the school fees for my sisters.
"I finished elementary, but I couldn't afford the fees to continue on to middle school.
"Bali is very nice, it has so many beautiful places and a rich culture. Most of the people in my neighborhood are carvers too, specializing in either wood or bone. We have so many ideas to develop our product designs.
"I learned to carve wood for the first time from my neighbor. He was a kind man and he knew about our family's strained condition. He offered me wise words of advice, encouraging me to work hard so my children would not suffer the same problems I did.
"I sold my first products to him, and after that I also sold at Sukawati market, which is a famous market in Bali that offering traditional handcrafted items by local artisans.
"In 1977 I married a beautiful woman and we have two daughters and a boy. Becoming a father meant assuming more responsibilities, more expenses and more hard to work to ensure a brighter future.
"People know me as a kind and smart man. My wife helps me and we had opened a shop nearby to sell my products. We offered work to many artisans from the community to help me when I received huge orders. But after the bombing tragedy in Bali, we hardly had any customers and finally we had to decide to temporary close the shop. I only do small amount production now.
"For materials I use woods, coconut shell and metals. Now I work with the help of five artisans only, and we work with manual tools like: knives, saw, chisel and mallet.
"I knew about Novica some time ago from a friend, and now my daughter Eka and son Komang Agus Saputra, are already Novica featured artisans. Since our products and skills are different, I also would like to join Novica to expand my market worldwide."
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Golden Valley, MN, USA