Himachal is a picturesque mountainous state in the western Himalayas and is inhabited by the Pahari people whose culture is as diverse as the Landscape.The glory and vitality of this cultural tradition comes alive in fairs and festivals, dance , music and traditional crafts. Of these woodcarving is perhaps the oldest craft. The aesthetic value and the intricacies of wood carving found in the state represent the vision and skill that is nothing short of artistic genius.This work is an outcome of the numerous treks and sojourns into the remote parts of the state, spanning over a decade and comes as a valuable contribution to the craft of woodcarving, which despite serving as a window to the history, art and culture of Himachal Pradesh is sadly in a state of utter neglect. the author has taken pain not only to rejuvenate the waning art form, but also to reintroduce it to the world in this work that is superbly illustrated with over 250 photographs in both colour and black and white. Written in a lucid manner, the book makes an interesting reading for both amateur and professional. The authors insight and ability of seeing beyond what is visible to the naked eye, pierces into the mute carvings and lends them a voice . Perhaps there could not be a better source that offers a rare glimpse into the richness and beauty of Himalayan wood carvings.