God’s work!Hu Ping, a 62-year-old man in Fengman district, Jilin City, makes models of ancient Chinese buildings with one tenon and one socket


On February 14, hu Ping, 62, stood in front of a model of a Qing Dynasty building made of African pear wood in bahu Village of Qianertao Township, Fengman District, Jilin City, gently wiping the dust on it.Hu Ping wipes dust on a building model.It’s -17 degrees outside, and breathing indoors is huffing.Hu Ping, dressed in an old pale blue suit, was used to the chilly temperatures.After 11 years of winter and spring, Hu Ping made this exquisite model of ancient architecture with one tenon and one base, exhausting the painstaking efforts of the civilian craftsman.Hu Ping is carving a small part.This 2-meter-long, 1.3-meter-wide and 1.65-meter-high Qing Dynasty building model of African pear wood uses tens of thousands of pieces of materials. All of them are tenon and mortise structures, without a single nail.The cross section of the dripping eaves with a diameter of 1 cm and the tiles are carved with exquisite dragon patterns. Ten vivid ridge-horned gods sit on each of the eight ridges.The qing Dynasty building model after miniaturizing according to the scale as real object, it has all the functions of real object building, the small door that is less than 20 centimeters high uses made-up to 160 pieces, still can switch freely.In contact with Hu Ping interview in a few days, the reporter’s first feeling is – thrifty.Hu ping’s phone has no caller ID, no wechat, or, more accurately, no traffic.He and the outside world mainly rely on his wife to use the child eliminated mobile phone, every month 200M flow, “reluctant to open outside”.Hu Ping works in three ordinary bungalows in Bahu village.The reporter wore a thick down jacket and long leather boots on the chilly morning of minus 17 degrees Celsius outside, but he was still freezing for more than two hours.Hu Ping’s wife said that at ordinary times, hu Ping lived alone in the workshop, “not willing to burn coal in the whole house, only to sleep at night in the small room to burn firewood for warmth”.Hu Ping is mortising two small parts together.11 years, what kind of passion sustained him?Hu Ping is a native of Jilin City. He likes painting and wood carving since childhood. He learned carpentry from his second brother when he was in junior high school.Later, the second brother saw that he was interested in ancient architecture and asked a famous old master of ancient architecture in jilin City wood carving factory to teach him.In 1980, Hu Ping went to work in jilin City wood carving factory.In 1992, Hu Ping went into the sea and ran a wood carving factory. He went to Guangzhou to participate in the fair every year and mainly produced wood carving products shaped like small animals, which were exported to the United States and Europe and other countries.Because of his love for ancient architecture, Hu Ping visited ancient buildings in Beijing’s Forbidden City and Datong, Shanxi Province, when he had some money, and bought many books on ancient architecture for inspiration.Later, the country banned the cutting of the most expensive wood for wood carving, so Hu Ping thought of making models of ancient buildings.Since 2000, he has been studying ancient architectural models in his bungalow in the countryside.Since then, Hu Ping has lived a life of “seclusion”, almost isolated from the outside world, fearing to be disturbed by the outside world, which has broken his production ideas.Hu Ping is cutting small parts with his modified chainsaw.”I made three models of ancient buildings.The one I’m showing is the oldest one I’ve made since I was 51 years old. It took me 11 years.””This Qing dynasty model is made of African rosewood,” Hu said, dabbing the dust gently. “The wood itself deepens in color as time goes by.You see this model from the entrance steps to the seat around, and then to the roof, the details are carefully carved, very tired eyes.At first I didn’t need glasses. I couldn’t see very well if I looked at them. Now I have to wear glasses when I work.”Hu Ping introduced the unique features of this architectural model to reporters.Hu said the most difficult part of his model is the dougong section. Each dougong has 60 or 70 pieces of wood. Every piece of wood needs to be polished, measured and converted.Each piece of wood is interlinked, which takes the most time, the most effort, the most care.”Hu ping, a thrifty man, said of the African rosewood used in the Qing Dynasty building.It was bought in the field more than 10 years ago and cost tens of thousands of yuan.For his hobby, Hu Ping also mercilessly gave up once.When asked about the future of the work, Hu ping said that he had no plans to sell it. The qing dynasty architectural model is identical to the real building both in appearance and in internal structure, reflecting the architectural style and characteristics of the Qing Dynasty.He wanted to leave it to his daughter as an heirloom.”Not counting raw materials, 11 years of time and effort is immeasurable.”Hu Ping said, “If there is an opportunity, we can take it to the exhibition to let more young people know about this mortise and tenon technology, which has the value of inheritance.I will use my craft to pass on the wisdom of artisans.”Hu ping is now working on his next model.Jilin Daily Production planning: Jiang Zhongxiao author: Li Chunhong Editor: Wu Ming

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