Phase 2: Finding Helpful Resources

Updated 5 years 2 weeks ago

I amstarting phase 2 now, the phase I did before was Phase 0, and Phase 1. In Phase 1 I researched about my topic and wrote down my research in Phase 3. In Phase 0 I picked my topic.

For the research of Phase 1 I used Google, and the key words that were used to help me find the information was wood carving, Chinese wood carving, and the history of wood carving. The information was valid because it was compared to other sources. One of my research was from a book, and I got it from a friend of mine who is a wood carver. Normally the article on the wood carving has the authors name on it or at least an email address. 

I have sent an email to my good friend, Martyn Barratt, he is a carver who lives in Taiwan. I emailed him about my topic and I asked for help on finding other experts and answering my ten questions. He was very straight forward and gave me a lot of good feedback. I now know more about the economics of wood carving, and how it works a little. Mr. Barratt said that wood carver's income is not consistent, it is very unpredictable of how many pieces can be sold in one day, and how much it would cost. Here is a example of my email that I sent to him:

Dear Martyn,

Thanks you so much for taking time in the Christmas holidays to show us your workshop and to help me to begin to understand wood carving.

As you may remember, I am a student at Shanghai American School, and I am doing a project that involves rural wood carving in XiZhou, Yunnan, China. I plan to try to understand the economics of wood carving and how people become wood carvers, and what is the impact on their lives.  I have made 10 big questions that I plan to answer. Here is a link to my website, and my work so far. I also cut and paste the questions below.

Martyn, do you happen to know any wood carving sculptors from rural China who I could contact as an expert in China? Especially, do you happen to know any in Yunnan? I’d be very grateful for any advice you can please give me.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and help me. I will update you further as my project progresses. I leave for Yunnan on the 18th April and will be there for a month.



His responses is:

Dear William,

Nice to hear from you, I hope you are enjoying your time in Yunan. I read your questions, several are specific to the situation in Yunan, so I cannot answer. 
Why did I become a carver? because I wanted to. How much is a normal carving worth? Whatever I can get someone to pay.  Sometimes I dont sell for months and then I sell three in a week, its never predictable.
I have many carvings in the workshop, so supply and demand seems not to be important. How long does it take to be a carver? It depends what kind of carver you want to be, I've spent thirty years and Im not there yet, and dont  ever expect to be.
All the best.
The first inquiry project work that I did after I arrived in XiZhou was the 3 to 5's. The 3 to 5's is a interview with a person for three to five minutes, so that we would have more time to interview other people. I have interviewed the lady at the front desk of the Linden Center, Mrs. Mai, Mrs. and Mr. Linden, last but not least Mr. T. I have interviewed these people because they would have good recourses and connections with people around them, also because they are close by, and available at most times. I asked the lady at the front desk because she meets people around the world everyday, also she is a local so she would know the area very well. I asked Mrs. and Mr. Linden because they own the Linden Center, and because they nice people. I asked Mrs. Mai, and Mr. T because they knew a lot, and they have helped other students with the same project.
Here are the answers that I got from the people that I interviewed.
The lady at the front desk,
  • She gave me a MAP
  • A store to the right of the Linden Center
  • Name of the store, 之初艺术芸 Zhī chū yìshù yún

Mrs. Mai,

  • Four area to find wood carvers
  • 市平街路 Shì píng jiēlù
  • 市户街 Shì hù jiē
  • 四方街 Sìfāng jiē
  • 赛马路 Sàimǎ lù

Mr and Mrs. Linden,

  • 大理古城 Dàlǐ gǔchéng
  • 喜洲 Xǐ zhōu
  • 喜洲大门 Xǐ zhōu Dàmén

Mr. T,

  • 染衣巷 Rǎn yī xiàng
  • 大理古城 Dàlǐ gǔchéng
  • 喜洲 Xǐ zhōu
  • Vandalized wood carving

I have now interviewed 5 people, who have given me more than one recourse, so the next thing that I will do is go out to find the people. finding these wood carving masters will make me busy all week. But when I can I will go to the library to find some books to the topic of wood carving. My research from the wood carving masters, and books will be posted in my Phase 3 area.

Hi everyone, my name is William. B, and I am 13 years old now. I was born in Taiwan and lived there for 9-10 years, but I am half British too. I am a student from SAS PD, and am in the Group Limitless. I was in XiZhou, and am in love with this amazing place. Xizhou has great food, although sometimes it is quite oily. My inquiry project is wood carving, and I only have one expert to look guidance to. I will cherish the days I have had XiZhou in my memory.