Woodcarving not for the faint-hearted

Apart from foreign tourists, many Kenyans also admire handicraft, which come in different forms including animal carvings, and human sculptures. However, it would take one a visit to a handicraft workshop, such as  the popular Akamba Handicraft Industry  Cooperative Society in Mombasa, to appreciate the pains the artists go through, from wood selection to coming out with the fine products.

The non-profit society, which directly helps about 10,000 people put food on their tables, is known for the production of beautiful items, including animal woodcarvings, such as  the "big five" (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino, and leopard), as well as African wooden utensils.  (Text: Stephen Mburu. Photos: Xinhua)