"I learned how to master this craft because of my interest in arts and my teacher who brought out the talent in me."
"My name is Henry Acquah and I am a woodcarver. I was born in Ghana in 1957.
"My friends describe me as friendly, easy-going and serious about work.
"I became interested in this craft from my mentor, Emmanuel Abbey. After I made several visits to his workshop in 1983, he agreed to teach me. I've also taught my son to carve. I learned how to master this craft because of my interest in arts and my teacher who brought out the talent in me.
"Starting on my own wasn't easy. I worked for my teacher for some time to save money for my own workshop. I use sese wood and acrylic paint.
"My favorite part about my work is being able to replicate art works. I am inspired by the people around me who are involved in arts. I seek quality in individuals with whom I'd like to work to be able to create or improve on my designs. The youth in my community can earn some extra money by helping us sandpaper the finished carvings. In some cases, they actually make a living from this.
"A challenging moment in life was when a client asked me to produce 200 masks in a week during bad weather conditions. I was very happy to take that task.
"An embarrassing moment was when a lady from Ireland ordered some drums. When she came to pick them up, I realized they a bit of mold on them because of where I stored them. She was really angry and almost rejected them, but I calmed her down and cleaned them well so she accepted them."