How to Make a Beautiful Wood Base for your Statue

I often get asked about bases or stands for our Buddha and Hindu statues.  You may be looking to add an extra few inches or so to the height of your statue to make it ideal for your home or space. 

One of our customers, Michael, recently built a beautiful custom statue base for his Thai Brass Buddha Statue. I wanted to share his process with all of you, so here it is!

Custom Statue Base

It’s an asymmetrically shaped base, so an outline diagram was made first to figure out the positioning of the segments. The base was built out of 1″x7″ red oak boards.

Custom Statue Base

A single coat of ebony stain was then applied (to tone down the red), and the base was finished off with two coats of satin polyurethane (didn’t want it to be too glossy).

Custom Statue Base

Two lengths of different boards were needed to do the job, and one was a bit lighter (much less red). The boards were alternated throughout, which gave an effect that’s not entirely objectionable. 

The side grain of the wood was then matched in a mirror pattern which resulted in an interesting “narrow lotus petal” effect.

Custom Statue Base

By design, the base is hollow inside to save on wood, weight and expenses. Numerous clamps and glue were involved in attaching first the doubled segments, then the growing sections, until it was all attached.

Custom Statue Base

The final product is stunning and perfectly complements the statue itself. I sincerely hope that this brief DIY helps you to get started building your very own custom statue base.

Custom Statue Base With Buddha
The artwork on the wall above/behind the Buddha sculpture is by Michael’s wife, artist Gema Alava https://gemaalava.com/

Looking for a base for your garden statue?

Check out our post HOW TO MAKE A BASE FOR YOUR GARDEN STATUE to learn the 3 things that I tell to everyone on how to go about fashioning a pedestal for your statue.

New Wood and Marble Statues From Vietnam and China!

Just In!

Stunning, hand-carved wood statues from Vietnam. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and highly detailed.

These incredible works of art will be available on our site very soon so keep an eye out!

Click Here to read about my search for wooden statues in Hanoi.


Marvel at these Magnificent Marble Masterpieces!

These giant marble meditating Buddha and Shiva statues are simple amazing!

This stunning Buddha sculpture captures Lord Buddha in blissful meditation with his hands resting in his lap in the dhyana mudra of meditation with the soles of his feet facing skyward in the full lotus position or the padmasana
A breath-taking, masterpiece sculpture of Lord Shiva captured meditating with his handsome face looking inwards in quiet contemplation on a tiger skin rug

Click Here to our 54″ Masterpiece Marble Shiva Statue


Looking for something a bit smaller?

We now have 24″ marble Shiva statues that are perfect for both indoors or outside in any weather!

A stunning sculpture of the ascetic, Lord Shiva meditating quietly on a tiger skin rug.  He wears only a loincloth for clothes with his broad chest and shoulders defined by his powerful build. 

Here are the links to where the new wood statues will be posted.

New Arrivals ~ we post new statues daily!

Wood Buddha Statues

Marble Statues

If you are searching for something specific please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] lotussculpture.com to ask if we have it. We just may!

A Passion for Buddha Statues in Thailand

Every time I visit my friend, Jew, I come away with more respect and admiration for him and what he does. He and I share a passion for the statues he creates, he with a firm love of making Buddha statues and I with a firm love for sharing them with the world.

Jew is a 40-year-old producer of Buddha sculptures in the small village of Nakom Pathom, Thailand, about an hour and a half north of Bangkok. Having known him for 12 years now I always knew that he took over the business from his father who started it 40 years ago. What I learned on this trip was that Jew had taken over a struggling business at the young age of 20. I was always under the assumption that his father had a thriving business that he took over and made better, but this was not the case at all. Jew’s father had only one artist working for him while Jew has created a prosperous business employing all the families in his surrounding village of almost 40 people.  Click here to view his Buddha artists handcrafting Buddha statues. Every day he spends hours going over each of the statues to make sure they are being executed correctly. He is very concerned with the well being of his workers. He pays them well and wants them to succeed. 

I first fell in love with his work because he had the best patinas on his sculptures that initially made me mistake them for antiques. He had beautiful antique patinas that no other producer was able to create. This is still the case today.  He recently developed two new patinas of a stunning antique green and a deep red mixed with gold leaf.  
I went out to dinner with him last night and in his broken English he summed up his worldview…

“When I die, I cannot take money with me. Money paper…I make Buddha, I pray Buddha so I can be born next time.”

When I asked him about his customers he told me the majority of his business, besides Lotus Sculpture, comes from temples within Thailand.  I asked him if he sold to the antique dealers of the Riverside mall in Bangkok who are known to sell fake antique Buddha statues.  He leaned over to me and said, “No, I do not lie.”

This is who he is, he is the salt of the earth with a good heart. I love his family; his crotchety old mom who yells at me every time I see her in Thai I do not fully understand, his beautiful wife and 3 children. And most of all I love him!

View the video above to see how our Buddhist statues are made

New Shipment Just In From Thailand!

Another new shipment has just arrived! These incredible lost wax method Thai Brass statues will be posted to the site soon.

Check out the video below for a glimpse at what’s to come!

Here are the links to where the newThai Brass statues will be posted.

New Arrivals ~ we post new statues daily!

Thai Brass Buddha Statues

If you are searching for something specific please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] lotussculpture.com to ask if we have it. We just may!

A New Shipment of Garden Statues Has Just Arrived!

We have just received a new shipment of garden statues from Kyle’s buying trip in January and will be posting our new collection in the coming weeks.

Check out the video below of Kyle and the crew unloading this massive shipment:

A glimpse into the process of unloading a 40 foot container

Here are the links to where the new garden statues will be posted.

New Arrivals ~ we post new statues daily!

Garden Buddha Statues

If you are searching for something specific please don’t hesitate to email [email protected] lotussculpture.com to ask if we have it. We just may!

Below are some pictures from the arrival:

Kyle with a stone Garden Buddha
Mark unloading the pallets and bringing them into the warehouse
Buddha head getting ready to ship to it’s new home!
New arrivals will be on the site soon!
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