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Thai Watermelon Carvings by Nita Gill for Loy Krathong Festival

Here are my most recent Thai watermelon carvings that I made in preparation for the Thai Loy Krathong festival at the local Thai Temple which took place last Sunday. This was the first time, I’ve made this particular pattern. I made it in honor of my teacher. She gifted me the book that contains this pattern while on her deathbed. Quite literally. She was sick and in pain. Yet, always the giver, she wanted me to have her carving books.

I made two variations shown below.

Nita Gill Thai Watermelon Carvings

These Thai watermelon carvings and other carvings were made by Nita Gill for the Loy Krathong Festival

My teacher, Thanom (Tammy) Sterrit always created a lovely booth to showcase the Thai art of fruit carving at each of the major Thai festivals. This year we wanted her tradition to continue. One of Tammy’s other students, Nujarin took on the responsibility to create this year’s booth at the Loy Krathong Festival. Several other students and teachers made carvings for it. It turned out absolutely beautiful. A riot of color. I’ll be sharing those photos with you when I have time after this busy weekend is over.

In the meantime, you can see the carvings that I brought to contribute to the Thai fruit carving booth.

Closer Look at the Thai Watermelon Carvings

Closer look at Thai Watermelon carving pattern

Here is a closer look at Nita’s Thai watermelon carving pattern.

If you want to see these images larger, just click on them.

side view of Thai watermelon carving pattern

This side view allows you to see the roses better as well as the various layers of the pattern.

This was my first attempt at this pattern.

Thai watermelon carving by Nita-Gill

This was my first attempt at carving this pattern. I just continued the inner pattern on the outer sections rather than making the roses.

diakon bird Thai carving

Close up look at the bird that Nita carved from diakon.

This bird was something else I carved in honor of my teacher Tammy. She had carved a similar bird for the Thai Songkran Festival that I shared with you in a blog post from a couple of years ago. In case you are wondering, in the photo above, the green and orange-yellow fruit with the roses is a carved papaya. The green flowers are cucumber with carrot centers. And, of course there are the Thai watermelon carvings in the background.

Daikon bird carving 2

Daikon bird carving that Tammy carved and painted with food coloring

In a few days, I’ll show you the photos of all the Thai watermelon carvings and other carvings at the Loy Krathong Festival. It really was gorgeous. You will see….

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14 Responses to Thai Watermelon Carvings by Nita Gill for Loy Krathong Festival

  1. Chaste November 26, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    These are absolutely gorgeous. You are a true artist 🙂

  2. sandra November 27, 2014 at 1:55 am #

    I love your job,

  3. Nandita November 27, 2014 at 9:04 am #

    It is an excellent art work Nita!!!

  4. nirmala November 28, 2014 at 12:03 am #

    The carvings are stunning I could not take my eyes off them. You are very talented.

    • Nita Gill November 28, 2014 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks Nirmala. Glad you liked seeing them.

  5. Toyin Williams November 28, 2014 at 10:28 am #

    I always admire your inspiration .This is another set The thai fruit carving are awsome .you are very bleesed .I pray i can be smooth like than .Please let us have the tutorial ,you can sing me on .Thanks for sharing

  6. Charity November 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm #


  7. Janette December 2, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    That is absolutely beautiful. God bless you Nita. Are you going to be offering classes on how to do this? I would love to learn how to make the birds.

    • Nita Gill December 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Thank you Blanca.

      I’ve gotten a lot of requests so I will add it to my list of lessons to make.

  8. leroy December 6, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    That what you call work of art , just wonderful just looking and it it like a light shining on your face , i would like to be half has good as that and i can say yes am heading there , wish you hall the best on many many more

  9. shavy December 24, 2014 at 8:16 am #

    Its great to such a beautiful carvings

  10. shavy December 24, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    Its great to see such a beautiful carvings… thanks.

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