Artisan Organization: Andi Rachmansyah
Country: Bali & Java
"My friends describe me as a simple guy who is a hard worker and loves his family.
"I became interested in carving when a friend introduced me to some artisans who worked in carving. I saw the way they worked and it was so amazing that I started to learn. It was my friend Abdul Rasit who taught me, and two other carvers ‚Äì Pak Dewa and Bli Kadek ‚Äì were always there to answer my questions.
"My materials are plentiful and inexpensive, when compared to silver or gold. I work in bone and wood. My culture inspires me, and the natural world around me ‚Äì flowers, leaves and animals. To improve my technique, I turn to books, the Internet and visiting other bone carvers.
"When I am challenged by a difficult design, I work until I can do it nicely. When someone likes it, the result is a very happy moment.
"In 2010 when my wife was pregnant with our second son, I didn't have enough money to pay the rent. We had no choice. We had to move to my father-in-law's house, where we stayed for five months.
"In the future, I hope can buy a new house for my family. I dream of giving my children the best possible education and helping my family, especially our parents.""