Ahmed al Fozan, Qassim
Ahmad Al Fozan’s beautifully carved woodwork harkens back to the intricately designed and brightly painted doors of historic Najd mud homes. These house have long held a special place in the in the hearts and minds of Saudis. For Ahmad Al Forzan who hails from Qassim, this wood art is not only continuity of culture, but also of his family’s century-old legacy of handmade craftsmanship. As a child Ahmad curiously watched his father as he chiseled, hammered and sawed locally sourced wood using a basic stencil to create breathtaking pieces. Today, Ahmad is a master artisan and is passing his knowledge and experience to his own son Abdullah. Sought out by premiere sellers and enthusiasts, Ahmad uses natural pigments, historically brought from India by local merchant families, to create panels as artwork.
My craft is a valuable thing that my father taught me, that I'm also passing to my son and daughter. Handcrafts have always ensured a decent living for my family.
Ahmad Al Fozan