Sunday, October 19, 2008
Kakoh, 14kms south of Kompong Thom on Highway 6. They're a very friendly bunch and always ready with a smile and will readily stop for a chat if you can speak Khmer. The stone they carve comes from the base of nearby Phnom Santuk and they tell me the village has been here for at least twenty years. Nearly every house along the roadside has a group of stonemasons busily at work all day long. They work from memory, I've never seen a picture or drawing next to them as they fashion Buddhas, lions, Apsaras and much much more from the stone with hand tools and a practised eye. Some of the smaller pieces make nice gifts or mantlepiece ornaments for your home and the price is cheap too, compared to the gift shops where much of their work ends up. Next time you are passing, make sure you stop and say hello to the stone cravers of Kakoh.