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Thai Fruit Carvings

I participated in a Songkran Festival which celebrates the Thai Traditional New Year and is also known as the Water Festival. A group of us carved fruits and vegetables to make a lovely display table and I thought that you might enjoy these photos. They may give you some inspiration and ideas for carvings of your own.

Thai carved melons

Thai melon carving display with carrot birds

Table of Thai Fruit Carvings with Nita

Thai carved honeydew with carrot Bird

Thai carved honeydew with carrot Bird

Wavy Zig-zag petaled watermelon

Watermelon with wavy zig-zag petals

Melon, purple diakon, and carrot flowers

Melon, purple diakon, and carrot flowers

Purple Diakon carving

Purple Diakon carving

carved carrot flowers

Basket of carved carrot flowers by Tym

diakon bird

Diakon bird (dyed) by Tammy with carrot and diakon flowers

Nita Gill with Tammy

Nita with her teacher Tammy


Thai fruit carving display

Another view of the Thai fruit carving display


basket of Thai fruit and vegetable carvings

Basket arrangement of Thai carved carrots, purple diakon and honeydew

carved and dyed daikon bird

Closer look at bird carved from diakon and dyed yellow and green.

Carved and dyed daikon flowers

Carved and dyed daikon flowers by Tammy

carved white diakon bird

white diakon bird by Tammy


Thai melon carvings and radish bouquet

More Thai melon carvings and radish bouquet


Some of the fruit carvers at Songkran Festival

Some of the fruit carvers at Songkran Festival including Montana, Tammy, Nita and Tip

Click here to view the Thai Fruit Carving at the 2011 Songkran festival.

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20 Responses to Thai Fruit Carvings

  1. Joann Lapolla April 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm #

    Hi Nita,

    The carved fruits and vegetables are exquisite! Thank you for sending me the email /photos.


  2. casi viller April 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    that is the more beutiful fruit carving I am seen in very long tine, is very difecult to do. thank you for thos pituer.
    casi viller

  3. Karl April 28, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Wow, amazing carvings! That festival looks fun, my wife and I would love to come to a event like that…hey why don’t you organize something like that and we can come for lessons???
    PS Im getting pretty good with my tools…ha…look out master carvers!

  4. Sandra April 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm #

    Awsome! And what a gift to have a circle of friends to carve with.

  5. Dadang Djajadiredja April 29, 2010 at 7:22 am #

    It is very beautiful art work, I amazed for you have done with all the fruit. I just wonder how long it take you to do all of that? I guess, I don’t have to go to Thailand to learn fruit and vegetables carving.

    • Nita Gill April 29, 2010 at 6:19 pm #

      I wish I could claim the credit but I was just one of a group of carvers that made all these lovely carvings. A few of the carvers are shown in one of these photos.

  6. Kathy April 29, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    Simply magical!

  7. Ana April 29, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    Hi Nita.Thank you for photos.I like them. I like a third and a forth carvings on the first line.They are amazing.I learn watermelon carving myfile:///E:/DCIM/101MSDCF/DSC08812.JPGself.These are some of my carvings.


  8. Ana April 29, 2010 at 5:27 pm #

    Sorry i thought the picture would show

  9. EdibleGlamour April 29, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

    Hi Nita,

    These carvings are fantastic! all the best! and thank you so much for your email. I am sure it was fun to do all these carvings with the Thai ladies who i know that we cannot come close to can we?

    • Nita Gill April 30, 2010 at 8:54 am #

      To Waffa at, Based on the photos on your website you do some pretty spectacular carvings yourself.

  10. Ph, Thinh April 30, 2010 at 5:01 am #

    Hello Nita,
    Thanks for sending amazing art works. All carvings are beautiful and full of creating.
    My wife loves that too.

  11. Libia May 4, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    Nita, you are amazing and I love your work. I do really enjoy fruit carving and you have been a great help to me. Your work is amazing and very easy to follow. Thank you for sending the photos and I can’t wait for your next video 🙂

  12. Michelle July 8, 2010 at 2:33 am #

    Very well done. Your carving is amazed. I have seen also great works at and
    Nita, you are professional like those guy’s.

    • Nita July 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

      Thank you for your kind compliments. I was only one of a group of women who made these beautiful carvings.

      Thank you for sharing the sites that you mentioned. There are some fabulous works of art shown there, too. They are a good source for ideas for advanced carvers.

  13. Barbara September 17, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    NITA; Thank you for sending me the email /photos I like very mach

  14. MARY JOSEPH March 26, 2013 at 6:57 pm #


  15. mohammed akram shariq March 19, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    all the carving are amazing and they are beautifully arranged in a systematic manner. they are really good looking. It shows your hard work and full devotion.


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