We wanted some unique pieces that represented Balinese culture without spending a mint.
As result we put Mas Carving on the list for our driver on our tour day. Note i am almost positive these drivers get a cut, as is common at all the other businesses (coffee plantations, certain restaurants, silver shop, sports houses, etc.)
The shop we went to was large and had thousands of pieces that were all wonderful. They even even had 3 carvers at entrance for demonstration purposes when tourists arrive - the showmanship was evident as there was hardly any wood chips around them and when no was around they took smoke breaks.
With that said however it is still up to us, and i completely agree with earlier post that most of pieces are very unique so if you see one you like, chances are you will not find elsewhere.
Negotiating is a must from my perspective, yet i always feel i am no good as we started at $1.5M and settled at $1M for some puzzle boxes, Hindu statute, Buddha statute, and small flowery wall decoration. I am sure i could saved another $100k or so if i was better.
All in all many of the galleries hold unique works of beauty and suggest all should visit one at least once and at last haggle for one item, even if it is a small piece
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