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2017-12-27 14:33:00

Yan Jie carves the Olivia-stone on his working table. [Photo/WeChat account: taicangdaily]

There's a renowned nut carving folk artist in Taicang and both his craftsmanship and works are considered to be two of China's intangible cultural heritages.

Yan Jie, who has shown immense enthusiasm for art since he was a child, has been named a national senior craftsman and also a member of an artist's association.

His studio is a more than six-square meter attic where the only furniture is his working table stacked with various carving tools.

"The sculpture skills I've learned from school are quite general, including wood carving, stone carving, mud engraving, and urban sculpture," Yan said.

But, a visit to an old friend made Yan start to indulge in nut carving.

During the visit, his friend showed Yan his collections of nut carvings made out of peach and apricot pits, and olive stones.

The works were so fine in craftsmanship and exquisite in expression that Yan could hardly tear himself away from them.

So he started collecting information about nut carving and attempted to carve simple things. After three years' hard work his pieces are now very popular among his peers. Editor:Hiram