The art of carving the Sanscrit letters in relief on the long, narrow, two-sided wood blocks is an ancient one, and is practiced only by lamas who have attained a certain advanced stage in their spiritual development. These form little groups of a dozen or so and travel from gomba to gomba, staying at each place for periods of a few months to a few years. They receive no compensation for their efforts, other than their board and keep and special religious dispensations. Only a very few of these troupes are to be found in Tibet today. (p. 102); 'Through Forbidden Tibet' by Harrison Forman
Source of Descriptive Information
Forman, H. (1936).Through forbidden Tibet: An adventure into the unknown by Harrison Forman. London: Jarrolds.