The High Art of Balinese Wood Carving


A Visit to Master I Made Ada & Nyoman Darmawan

Usada Bali offers a memorable experience of traditional Balinese woodcarving at the studio of I Made Ada, one of Indonesia’s national living treasures.

After a delicious plant-based lunch at Dapur Usada, we will proceed to the village of Pakudui, the home of Pak Made Ada. Our visit will start with a guided walk through the fascinating gallery and museum. The artwork, ranging from carved mythological sculptures, wooden panels and Balinese furniture, is presented and interwoven with the stories behind their making.


We will also have an opportunity to observe the local artisans of Pakudui at work. It is a unique behind-the-scenes look into the studio environment and creative processes as influenced by the teachings of I Made Ada.

Nyoman, Pak Made Ada’s son, a respected teacher and artist in his own right, will guide us through a woodcarving class held in a traditional balé overlooking neighboring paddy fields. Under his instruction, we will learn to sculpt a wooden relief using a chisel and a mallet.

We will then get to sit with I Made Ada over tea and engage in a discussion. He will share some anecdotes from his past and how, many years ago, he managed to teach woodcarving to the local community, eventually turned Pakudui into the village of sculptors it is known today.


A third-generation master carver, I Made Ada is widely recognized as one of the greatest Balinese living artists, best known for his ornate wooden Garuda statues and meter-high sculptures. His statues, traditional wood panels and other sculptures find home in presidential palaces, museums, and important houses around the world.

Nyoman Darmawan Often addressed by his nick-name Gamang King, he is the 4th generation of a lineage of master woodcarvers.


  • Lunch by Dapur Usada
  • Guided tour of gallery / meeting the artisans
  • Carving instruction with Nyoman Darmawan
  • Discussion with by Pak Made Ada and Usada’s cultural liason Putu Mahagiri over tea in the garden


  • Lunch by Dapur Usada
  • Guided tour
  • Carving Instruction
  • Tea & snack and with the Master


Dapur Usada Bali, Ubud

Made Ada’s gallery in Tegalalang


Approx. 5 hours

Please note that a minimum of 4 persons is required for this experience.


11:00 – 12:00   Lunch at DAPUR Usada

12:00 – 12:30   Travel to Pakudui

12:30 – 13:00   Arrive at Pakudui & guided tour of the gallery

13:30 – 15:30   Experience a woodcarving lesson with Nyoman Darmawan

15:30 – 16:00   Tea and discussion time with Pak Made Ada