Wayan Tuges is a master woodcarver. Growing up in Guwang a community known for the skill and deep spirituality of its woodcarvers, he began carving at the age of five, learning from his father, one of the great Balinese woodcarvers. By the time he was in second grade, Wayan had mastered the complex, traditional Garuda figure ridden by the Hindu god Vishnu and was selling his work in the local art market. He never looked back, eventually opening his own studio.Wayan’s deep knowledge of Balinese traditions and religious practice gives him a high standing in his community, where he often presides over the many religious ceremonies that crowd the Balinese calendar. He also makes time to work with a United Nations project to plant 20,000 hectares of unused fertile land with teak trees providing a sustainable harvest and creating new employment opportunities.