There are some craftspeople in Sri Lanka who make use of roots and deadwood in their natural forms to produce attractive craft creations. The natural shape of the material is not compromised. Dead wood such as roots, trunks, and branches are transformed into life-like animal forms.
The key tools required for this craft are a sharp implement like a chisel or knife along with a hammer. The pieces of wood are selected very carefully after observing whether they have the shapes (head, tail, etc.) and characteristics of animals, birds, and reptiles; such pieces are selected and fashioned into suitable forms. Crafts such as these are made popular by way of exhibitions so that awareness builds up and people begin to purchase the products.