"The future of my children made me work harder until I was finally able to set up my own workshop."
"I was born on April 20, 1971 on a small island near Bali. When I was a boy, I helped tend a herd of cattle on my family's farm after school. There was no high school on our island, so I later studied in Bali.
"After graduating from a one-year tourism course, I worked for an airline but ended up unemployed when the company went bankrupt. I'm a married man with two sons, and life was more difficult after I lost my job. For five years, I worked really hard peddling handicrafts around Bali. The future of my children made me work harder until I was finally able to set up my own workshop.
"I specialize in antiqued bridal sculptures, and use my own methods and formulas to make the finish of my designs look different than others. I'd like to use my talent to introduce Balinese and Javanese culture.
"My materials are albesia, jackfruit wood known as nangka, cempaka and suar woods, which I paint by hand. I can carve each piece by myself but it takes time, so now I do only the painting and antiqued finishing for statuettes that I design and have carved by my assistants."