Fruit Carving

A centuries-old Thai tradition

Class program and schedule


History and Cultural Importance

Fruit carving is believed to have originated in central Thailand several hundred years ago. One account describes the art beginning with a royal servant who wanted to create a more visually pleasing decorative raft during the Loi Kratong festival.

Since its beginning, fruit carving has been immensely popular during various periods of Thai history including present day. Our one day course teaches students the essential foundation of this historically signifcant art, covering a number of different designs.


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Student example of fruit carving of flowers

Beginning Cutting Techniques

10 AM - 11 AM
Basic Leaf Design

Students begin by learning basic cutting techniques, creating a basic leaf from cucumber.

Basic Flower Design

Students then move on to a basic flower design, carving a carrot.

Fruit Carving Student with Instructor
11 AM - 12 PM
Complex Floral Designs

After feeling comfortable with the basics, students move on to more complex designs. It should be noted that even beginning students with patience are able to successfully finish complicated designs in a single class. Patience is the key.

Intricate Floral Design with Carrot

Students move into a more complex floral design using raw carrot. A round flower design.

Intricate Floral Design with Pumpkin

Once students have an understanding of the carrot flower design, they move on to one of the most complex floral designs using raw pumpkin.

Fruit Carving of a Bird by May Kaidee Student
12 PM - 2 PM
Watermelon Flower

After completing smaller sized designs, students are introduced to their first large sized carving challenge: a giant watermelon flower.

Student Carving Watermelon
2 PM - 3 PM
Small Floral Designs (continued)

After a short break students once again focus on smaller floral designs which complement the already finished watermelon design. This second set of small flowers is more complicated than the first set.

Instructor with Fruit Carving Student
3 PM - 4 PM
Animal Carvings

If time allows, students are instructed on how to create scultpures of animals such as the apple swan.

Fruit Carving of a Bird by May Kaidee Student
4 PM - 4:30 PM
Concluding Review and Discussion

Students and instructors review the completed sculptures. Instructors answer any remaining questions at this time and review specific cutting techniques if requested by the students.


Finished sculptures are arranged for photographs.

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Instructors Playing with Fruit Carving of Flower

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