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The Fading Art of Traditional Chinese Dongyang Wood Carving

Dongyang wood carving is a dying Chinese art that's been around since the Tang Dynasty, which began in the 7th century. This form of craftsmanship involves intricate wood sculpting that takes an incredible amount of time and dedication. That's why many young people in China aren't taking this trade into consideration when it comes time for them to choose a career path. This is rather unfortunate because these carvings are the epitome of elegance and handmade beauty.

Luckily, there are still a few workshops in China's Dongyang region (which is where this form of art originated) that use Dongyang wood carving to decorate everyday objects like tables, cabinets, and desks. This style of sculpting, also known as white woodcarving, features multiple, neat layers that can form a 3D, mural-like creation.

Above photo credit: Michael Lai


Photo credit: Michael Lai


Photo credit: Michael Lai


Photo credit: Michael Lai


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Photo credit: Green Lake Hotel


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