Messages Found With the Carving Knife

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This book is not a "how to" book, but is about the creation of carving fruit and vegetable into art. This is my gift, along with the wisdom I have obtained through all my years of teaching. I offer to share my knowledge of the ancient art of fruit and vegetable carving which demonstrates, in fine detail, many aspects of Thai culture.   Fruit and vegetable carving is an art form not widely recognized outside of Thailand. I have constructed this book with many photos as a representation of how even a harvested pineapple, seemingly dead, can morph into a mature graceful swan. The manifestation of new life resurrected from fallen or plucked fruits and vegetables is a skill that I have been fortunate enough to master.  I have made this book as a testament of my passion in the art of fruit and vegetable carving. My purpose in this book is to spread knowledge of this art form and to share my experience and joy. Like my husband always said to me when I had a mental block, "finish your book then you can die" and here is my book (but I plan on living many more long years sharing this art).

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This book is one of a kind book. It's a breath taking when open the book. Once it's open, you will enjoy one page after another. Pam transfers her experience in teaching fruit and vegetable for all those 28 years through the pictures of her carved fruit and the words of wisdom.

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I make this book with the intention to document the knowledge of the Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving. Even this fruit and vegetable Carving knowledge is original from Thailand but there are very, very few documents said about it. The Thai Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving is a valuable heritage of Thailand and one of its oldest art forms. It was originated in 1364 when Nang Nopamas decorated the floating lamp for the Royal Festival celebrated on the night of the full moon of the 12th month of every year. She carved fruits and vegetables in a variety of flowers which were used to decorate the floating lamp, making It look like a huge water lily flower. When the King Phra Ruang saw what she had created, he appreciated this new innovation and decreed that it would be an art heritage of Thailand and should be taught to all Thai ladies. This knowledge has been passed on through generations only in person and to loved ones, especially in the Royal Palace. In 1989 I was granted by the department state of cultural affair of Florida to go back to Thailand to cultivate more knowledge of carving fruit and vegetable from the noble teacher, Mrs. Penpan Sittitrai. With the connection of my closed friend, Akarin Seemahasarn, Mrs.Penpan Sittitrai has invited us to meet with her at her home. It was very exciting to me that I was now getting to see the noble teacher of fruit and vegetable carving that only a few left in Thailand. She was so kind to us and showed us her carved fruit centerpiece along with all the awards that she earned from sharing her knowledge to the Thai society. Before I was able to ask if she would share some knowledge with me so I can put it together with my own and spread them in the Western countries, she has commented that teaching this Thai Fruit and Vegetable Carving to the Westerners was useless. "The Westerners don't hold the knife like we do", she said. I tried to explain to her that this art could be dying out if it's hold to only few people in our country. My reason to continue the legacy of this art is useless in the conversation. I couldn't say any more words because of the seniority rule of Thai culture. Our meeting was briefed that last only half an hour. I came back to the U.S.A to report my failure of this trip. As I always believe that the bad also leads to the good, I use this disappointment to be my motivation to make the lessons available to everyone, not just only to the one from Thailand. My philosophy of teaching is that it's the teacher's fault for not be able to transfer the knowledge to the students with the right channel that students can receive. For at least 28 years that I have been teaching this Art. I have learned that the Westerners may not do exactly what the teacher teach but some had showed me the creative way of carving that sometimes I learn from it. Today this Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving is coming to the next phrase. The phrase that you may see Thai people seek this knowledge from the Western masters. This is not the how to book, but it is about the creation of carving fruit and vegetable into, along with the wisdoms I got from all those years of teaching carving. Like my husband always said to me when I had a mental blocked, "finish your book then you can die", and here is my book.

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