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2017-12

Chinese Puppet Carving
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Sam Pan from Senior 3 Class 3(高三3班 潘君阳)

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Ms. Li Yi

2017/10/23


 Chinese Puppet Carving

 

There is a traditional craft in Fujian which is called puppet carving. The skill is about 1300 years old. The puppet is usually used to perform the hand puppet shows, a toy for children to play or an ornament. The puppet seem a very simple. However, it isn’t easy to make. This photo essay will talk about the making process of the puppet.


 


The first step: Select material


Almost all of the traditional puppets are made of camphor woods. This is because it has some special aroma that can take in the bad smell from people’s sweat on their hand when they are perform in the summer. Then can keep the puppet permanently. The age of a puppet is depend on the quality of the camphor woods.


The second step: Making base


This step is making the base of the puppet’s head on the wood and prepare for the next step.

 

 

The third step: Finalize the design


In the step the puppet will be finalize the design which is based on the personality of the puppet.

 

 

 

The fourth step: Carefully carving


This step is a very slow step. In this step, puppet’s facial features and expressions will be decided. In this step, the most important and difficult one is carving puppet’s eyes. There are many skill in this step.

 

 

Fifth step: Have an operation on the skull


 



In this step, puppet’s head will be opened and put in some gear to let puppet’s facial features move. This step is not simple, it is very easy to damage the puppet in this step. After this step, the puppet will be put away for few day and then it is the next step.

 

 

The sixth step: Making eyes

In this step, puppet’s eyes will be made carefully. Then it will be put in eyeballs which can move. It is an important step, because eyes is human’s window, it can show puppet’s emotion.



The seventh step: Light repair

In this step, the surface of the puppet will be made much smoother than before. Then some details will be fixed or added in this step. After this, a puppet is done, the only thing we need to do is put clothes on it and prepare for a puppet show.




 

Epilogue

Today, the puppets and puppet shows is not as popular as before. This is because the TV and cellphone appear. More and more people prefer to watch TV show, not puppet shows. Many smriti of puppets are disappear. However, it is still a traditional culture and government are already try to protect it.

 

 

Reference:


https://image.baidu.com/ 

https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%B8%83%E8%A2%8B%E6%9C%A8%E5%81%B6/8610091?fr=aladdin 

http://tv.cntv.cn/video/C14092/ae836a7ec43a42a62f6a4186f23cce83 

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Li Yi’s Comment: The photo essay on Chinese puppet carving is well written overall. Despite some grammatical errors, the organization of the whole article is strong, which make the content clear and exciting. I really like the comparative part about its history and current status, however the reasons for the change that the craft skill has experienced can be more profound than what was analyzed here. Several interesting insights here, together with some apt analysis from the author will help make it a great paper.

In this step, puppet’s head will be opened and put in some gear to let puppet’s facial features move. This step is not simple, it is very easy to damage the puppet in this step. After this step, the puppet will be put away for few day and then it is the next step.

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