Lac turned wood is practiced using simple tools- a self-made lathe, a string attached to a bow, and sticks of coloured lac. Each lathe is demarcated by two iron rods which are bent toward each other fixed in the ground.  The distance between them is dependant upon the length of wood the artisan is turning, the wood must be held firmly between the rods’ pointed ends.  The artisan begins by carving the wood.  Once the wood is carved into a product, artisans apply lac on the wood to create kaleidoscopic colour patterns on it, unique to Kachchh. Traditionally, the lacquer was colored with vegetable dyes. Now, artisans use brightly coloured chemical dyes.