Parzo is an intricate form of wood carving that produces the printing blocks for religious text, furniture, altars, and slate images embellished on shrines. Wooden masks worn by mask dancers during the annual religious festivals are also included in this tradition. Typical materials for such religious carvings include stone, wood and slate. We find slate carvings of the Buddha and the pantheon of Himalayan sages and deities in temples across the country. Apart from this, Parzo is used to create the eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism in various sizes and shapes. Blue pine or walnut wood is carved and then painted in vibrant colors in some of the finer examples. Parzo is also used to create traditional motifs on buildings and monuments such as Dzongs.
Stone carvings are the least popular forms of Parzo but it still exist in rural communities. We find examples of these in old stone mills, cattle troughs, and water mills that are turned by natural brooks and streams.