Channapatna a rural area in the outskirts and situated at a distance of about 60kms from Bangalore is noted for its famous handmade lacquer wooden toys all over the world and hence popularly known as Gombegala Ooru or the toy-town of Karnataka.

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Even today if we pass through the row of artisans carefully finishing the wood at the factories, with a strong smell of lacquer and wood blocking nostrils,we are bound stop to notice that none of them are wearing footwear and almost everyone?s feet has cuts and wounds inflicted from the wood chips scattered on the floor. ?It is not a job, it is worship and the work-shed is temple. Do you wear chap...

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The wood is moulded using a hand driven traditional lathe machine . Once the desired shape is achieved they are rubbed with sand paper so that it is smoothened further. The artisans press the lacquer stick against the wooden piece while it is still on lathe and due to the heat produced by friction lacquer gets applied on the wood. The gleam and shine of the product is achieved by applying lacquer ...

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