Living close to nature and with more than 70% forest cover, Bhutanese have always worked with wood. Craftsmen create elaborate wall plaques, carved pillars, and furniture. A popular motif for wooden carvings is the eight lucky signs.
Slate carvings have been used for hundreds of years to adorn stupas and monasteries. An art that faces the threat of extinction, slate carving is being taught once again to revive the skill of giving life to beautiful stone.