Bali Arts focuses on current projects of David Irons in Bali. The first project is distribution of 'Lempad of Bali: The Illuminating Line' in the USA. The next will be an exhibition of Balinese wayang paintings at the Indonesian consulate in NYC. Later in 2016, the site will focus on the soon-to-published book 'Keris in Bali.'
The photo stream begins with a Balinese keris and a rare Kala Rahu motif worked into the blade, shot before restoring the pamor in the blade…
… and the same keris after restoration. This is one of very few keris complete with sheath and handle bought in 1973.
There are still a few smiths making keris in Bali. Here Pandé Nyoman Budiana of Tatasan prays before beginning work.
Pandé Ketut Margi of Tabanan begins forging a new keris blade. Keris smiths often fabricate tools and gongs as well.
Pandé Ketut Mudra of Kusambe reaches into his forge with a tool to examine the readiness of a knife blade he is forging.