A world famous wood carving gallery, pretty close to our villa, is the “Ida Bagus Marka” gallery in Kemenuh. It is set up for tours and taxi drivers who make it one of their stops but it really is worth a look.
The quality of the carvings is exceptional and they are quite expensive but there is a lot of room for bargaining. Many of these pieces are by master craftsmen and would be great centerpieces for hotel lobbies, businesses, or in the home. There are 15 men making carvings, and 25 women finishing the pieces with glasspaper and polish. The gallery exists of several rooms and I can only discribe it as a building full of treasures.
There is no obligation to buy and no sales pressure like you get in the low class places so it’s worth stopping by for an hour and having a look. There is also a restaurant next to it.
From our villa, drive direction north. At the traffic lights go straight. After about 600m you can see the gallery on your right hand side.