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Rhys

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A whittle goes a long way!
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:20:37 PM »

A whittle goes a long way! Chinese wood art breaks record for longest carving out of single piece of timber

A Chinese artist has won a place in the Guinness Book of Records after creating the world's longest wooden carving.

Zheng Chunhui, a famous wood carver, spent four years creating the artwork which is over 40ft long and made from a single tree trunk.

The scene is actually a copy of the famous Chinese painting 'Along the River During the Qingming Festival' which was created over 1,000 years ago.







Though it has been replicated many times, Chunhui's version, which is made from a single piece of tree trunk, is surely the most spectacular.

The intricate work features boats, bridges, building and even 550 individually carved people.

The piece measures 12.286 meters long, is 3.075 meters tall at it highest point, and is also 2.401 meters wide.


The original painting, referred to as the 'Chinese Mona Lisa' because of its fame, was completed during the Song Dynasty by artist Zhang Zeduan.







It is painted on a hand scroll and was designed to be looked at by slowly unrolling the paper from right to left, an arm's length at a time, like an ancient comic strip.

It is considered of huge historical importance as it documents the day-to-day lives of Chinese people, both rich and poor, 900 years ago.

Several later versions were created but with scenes added from the Ming and Qing times, in keeping with the Chinese tradition of contemporary artists reworking ancient masterpieces.

While Chunhui's version will be easy to distinguish for obvious reasons, it doesn't add any scenes from modern-day China.

The work was awarded the world record on Thursday last week as part of Guinness World Records Day, set up to commemorate the day the book of records became the best-selling copyright book.





Chunhui's carving was unveiled at the Palace Museum in Beijing, the same location as the scroll on which it is based.



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Re: A whittle goes a long way!
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2014, 01:14:18 AM »

Beautiful. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 01:26:06 PM »

Simply awesome.
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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014, 04:37:56 PM »

In my travels years ago, I went to a village that specialized is such carvings.  Though a lot of them were for sale at various prices at the end of the 'tour', there was one in particular that had a sign hanging on it politely saying that this was a master-work NOT FOR SALE...Please don't ask.  It wasn't as large as this one, but still probably 4' by 20', and not carved from a single log, but from a continuous plank of teak. 

Anyway, I can make a sharp stick out of a dull one and that's about the extent of my whittlin' talent.   :D 
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