The lathe is manually powered using a stick and rope arrangement. A rope is wound around the object to be worked on and is pulled with the help of a stick attached to it. This generates a rotating motion on the object, which can then be manipulated further.
The colour is made from stones found in the surroundings and lacquer bought from local markets. Then this compound of colour and lacquer is pressed against the fast rotating object on the lathe, the lacquer melts with the heat generated due to friction and sticks to the surface of the wood, thus imparting colour. Following that, metal and wooden tools, which are improvised by the craftsmen themselves, are used to smoothen the coating. Finally, the piece is given a glossy polish with oil.