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Local carver promotes spiritually-based designs

EMC news – Nyoman Sumerta doesn’t like to sit around doing nothing. The 38-year-old Hunt Club resident moved to Canada from the small Indonesian island of Bali six years ago. As a newcomer in the country, Sumerta has struggled to find a job, without luck – but he now says that is no longer a problem.

“Everywhere I go, I make sure I take my carving tools with me. At least they make busy and with them I can make money,” said Sumerta. Raised in an artistic woodcarving community in the centre of Bali Island, at age 11 Sumerta learned how to carve and design. “It is part of our tradition and we learn it from our elders,” he said. Now, he has turned his

carvings into spiritually-based designs and he is likely the only Balinese carver actively practicing in Canada. Sumerta can turn wood into hand-carved pieces inspired by Balinese culture, nature, spiritual images, and even native Canadian designs. Sumerta recycles pieces of wood from old furnishings and people’s junk and turned it into something artistic. He can take an old table top

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Nyoman Sumerta working on a carving depicting Lakshami, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. the world, including an original design for the Royal On-

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or a piece of wood that’s been sitting in the back of someone’s garage and make something beautiful out of it, said his wife Julie. “For me to sit and watch, not only the evolution of him as a carver but the evolution of each carving, it’s just mind blowing that he can have such a talent,” she said. Sumerta takes his inspiration from yoga, Balinese Hinduism and classical Indian motifs. He currently works with all sorts of woods and, in many cases, it’s reclaimed. Sumerta has sold his artwork to clients from all over



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tario Museum’s traveling exhibition of South Asian art. Even with a few breakthroughs, carving has not been an easy ride for Sumerta. “It is very hard carving here especially when you have to do all your work from inside the house,” he said. In Bali, people work outside, he said. Like all newcomers he suffered culture shock when he arrived in Canada and one thing that he misses most is the village feel of a community. “It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, you can walk down the street here and not see anybody. This really shocked me the first time I arrived here,” he said. Sumerta can be contacted through or at sumertadesigns@gmail. com.

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