Craft > China > Inheritance of Ingenuity Interview with Duan Guoliang, a Master of Jianchuan Woodcarving

 Aug 31 2022  

Jianchuan woodcarving originated in the Tang and Song Dynasties and has a history of more than a thousand years. In the past, Jianchuan woodcarving was mainly used for the decoration of building components and doors or windows. Most of the woodcarving themes are flowers and animals, and the techniques are presented in relief carving, especially featuring by hollow relief carving. Jianchuan woodcarving is a unique school of woodcarving in Southwest China with strong local characteristics. In 2011, Jianchuan woodcarving was listed as a national intangible cultural heritage. Chinese arts and crafts master Duan Guoliang is a representative figure of Jianchuan woodcarving. He has been engaged in the woodcarving industry for more than 50 years, and his works are rich in themes, especially the traditional landscapes, flowers, birds and figures, which are exquisite and delicate. He also perfectly integrates myths, legends and historical allusions into woodcarvings. He led the team to carve the large-scale woodcarving "Zhang Shengwen's Picture Scroll", which is 97.6 meters long and 1.8 meters high, consisting of 134 woodcarvings and is permanently collected by the Yunnan Nationalities Museum. Master Duan Guoliang attaches great importance to the inheritance and development of Jianchuan woodcarving. He has trained a large number of apprentices and students for the Jianchuan furniture and woodcarving industry at Jianchuan Xingyi Classical Furniture Woodcarving Factory which was founded by him. In addition, many creative new products developed by his team that promotes new developments of Jianchuan woodcarving and set a benchmark for practitioners in traditional industries.