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   Undertoad  Wednesday Nov 20 04:32 PM

November 19, 2013: World record 40-foot hand-carved sculpture



via My Modern Metropolis comes this work, from the Chinese wood carver Zheng Chunhui. He took four years to complete the project, which is all carved from one single log. Guinness certified it as the longest wood sculpture.



Quote:
The scenes feature beautifully intricate details of both the rich and poor's life in a small town. When replicating such a famous painting, many artists tend to add a touch of modern day into the very ancient scenes. However, Chunhui stuck strictly to the culture from almost a millennium ago, focusing on the small houses, boats, and even 550 tiny human sculptures as they went about their daily lives.



glatt  Wednesday Nov 20 04:35 PM

wow



Clodfobble  Wednesday Nov 20 04:38 PM

I wonder where he stored it while he was working on it. A forty foot long studio probably doesn't come cheap...



footfootfoot  Wednesday Nov 20 04:56 PM

I wonder if there was a team of craftsmen involved in that carving.

Everything is cheap in china.



lumberjim  Wednesday Nov 20 05:19 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
I wonder where he stored it while he was working on it. A forty foot long studio probably doesn't come cheap...
Yeah, and he wood need at least 42 feet. But even that's shaving it close.


footfootfoot  Wednesday Nov 20 06:23 PM

It wood knot be a proper thread without a post from lumberjim.



CaliforniaMama  Wednesday Nov 20 07:57 PM

I LOVE Chinese carvings, especially when so small.

BC (before children), we lived in San Francisco. The bus to Chinatown was only a couple of blocks away.

Side story: It was amazing how we would get on this bus full of a mix of people, but predominately non-immigrant. As we went through the various neighborhoods, the demographics of the bus would change with the scenery. By the time we got to Chinatown, we were often the only white faces around.

There was always something going on, a new store opening with a long string of firecrackers going off, or a seasonal festival with the lion dancers. Often, we would just stroll along window shopping.

There were always the tourist trinkets that were in every window, but there were stores that had fabulously carved furniture and art pieces, huge jade carvings, and lots and lots of jewelry with carved jade pieces.

Lovely memories . . . thanx.



xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Nov 20 10:09 PM

Even more impressive he called the shot. By copying China's "Mona Lisa", if he accidently cuts off the head of one of the 550 people or their livestock, he can't just eliminate that person/critter and say that's what he intended to do.

I've gone to the link, and the links from the link, and the links from there. I went to the records site, and searched Google, but nowhere does it tell me what kind of tree that is. What's the wood?

Kind of looks like Teak or Padauk, but it could be a hundred other woods, some hard and some soft... it makes a big difference whether he should get sainthood or merely worshipped.



lumberjim  Wednesday Nov 20 11:12 PM

Looks like Cedar.



footfootfoot  Thursday Nov 21 08:20 AM

The softer the wood, the more difficult to carve without tragedy. Cedar, in particular, dulls the shit out of your tools; they need to be razor sharp or the wood fibers will be crushed rather than cut.

Good point about his "calling the shot" Bruce. Otherwise he'd merely be just another guy with too much time on his hands.



lumberjim  Thursday Nov 21 08:35 AM

But it does LOOK like Cedar. What else has that color variation? And grows 40 foot trunks?



footfootfoot  Thursday Nov 21 10:31 AM

I've never seen cedar with that much contrast. Red, Atlantic white, and even Port Orford all are pretty plain looking. Looks more like Zebra wood or Olive, but I doubt Olive gets that big.



Clodfobble  Thursday Nov 21 10:36 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
By copying China's "Mona Lisa", if he accidently cuts off the head of one of the 550 people or their livestock, he can't just eliminate that person/critter and say that's what he intended to do.
I think the individual figures are not directly part of the log where they stand. I think common carving procedure is to cut a big hunk out from the trunk in the beginning, where they know most of the negative space is going to be, and then they take a block off that, carve a person, and set it into the landscape. So you could screw up a little guy, and just take another small block and try again.


glatt  Thursday Nov 21 11:45 AM

You may be right for some of them. For example, the towering vertical posts in this building don't match the direction of the grain with each other or with the rest of the log.
Attachment 46071

However, if you follow the wood grain lines on several of these people, horses' backs, and load, the grain lines do follow the lines of the log, and those figures are carved from the log.
Attachment 46072



SPUCK  Friday Nov 22 07:34 AM

"Where'd the sculpture go Ming?"
"They told me take the scrap out of the barn for firewood."
"This is NOT the barn! This is the STUDIO!!!"



footfootfoot  Friday Nov 22 09:05 AM

I'm not seeing the discrepancy, Glatt.



glatt  Friday Nov 22 11:35 AM

The figures look like they are part of the log.

But the tower posts look like they don't follow the grain at all. The growth rings curve around at the bottom of the picture like you would expect them to, but the tower posts are vertical grain. And tower A grain is uphill grain facing you, tower B is downhill grain facing you, and C is also uphill facing you.

The only way that could be part of the log is if there happened to be a limb growing there.
Attachment 46083



Sundae  Sunday Nov 24 08:10 AM

Ming the Merciless?



Griff  Sunday Nov 24 08:41 AM

Viral nova implies that this is the tree.

Apparently they stole the content from Daily Mail



Griff  Sunday Nov 24 08:44 AM

It looks to me like most of the work was done in place but some of the crazier things like rigging and other intricacies were placed on structures carved in place. I need to see it live.



Lamplighter  Sunday Nov 24 10:38 AM

... back to the kind of tree

The leaves look like oak on my monitor, but maybe the original pic shows more detail.



infinite monkey  Sunday Nov 24 11:20 AM

Mr. Wolf: Were your Uncle Conrad and Aunt Ginny millionaires?
Jimmie: No.
Mr. Wolf: Well, your Uncle Marsellus is. And I'm positive if Uncle Conrad and Aunt Ginny were millionaires, they would've furnished you with a whole bedroom set, which your Uncle Marsellus is more than happy to do.
I like oak myself, that's what's in my bedroom. How 'bout you Jimmie, you an oak man?
Jimmie: Oak's nice.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 1 03:09 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by lumberjim View Post
But it does LOOK like Cedar. What else has that color variation? And grows 40 foot trunks?
I don't even know what trees grow in China, no less how big.


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