68-year-old man uses a cutting knife to restore classic characters
2018-04-13 18:41:00

Ding Shengchang, a 68-year-old citizen of Shatou Town, Yangzhou City, has been devoted to engraving for many years, and he is still reluctant to give up his enthusiasm, Jiangsu media reported on April 11.

Ding became interested in engraving at the age of 15. At the beginning it was only a hobby. Later he began to professionally make seals as his job. To better unleash his passion for carving, he would occasionally carve a piece of wood for fun.

Eight years ago, he began to concentrate on studying engraving and practiced every day. Later from reading classic Chinese masterpiece such as “A Dream of Red Mansions”, he had the idea of carving classical works. He then tried to present the scenes described in the works through the engraving art. In reflecting the scenes of classical works on wooden boards and bamboo pieces, Ding felt that the difficulty was mainly in the expressions of facial expressions, body movements and the relationship between characters. If any subtle expression was not carved correctly, He would re-engrave it again.

Ding has long wanted to impart his craft to young people for free, but he has not yet met young people who are willing to learn. In his view, wood carving is also a carrier of intangible cultural heritage. His wish at present is to pass on the skill.


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