Phase 3: Interpreting Information

Updated 1 week 6 days ago

This is Phase 3 where I will be collecting research and facts about my topic, which is Wood Carving/Door Making. This will allow me to help me understand my topic better prior to and during the Mircrocampus trip. In Phase 0, I have selected my topic from a long list of possible topics and also sought advised based on alumni's experiences. Then in Phase 1, I put together the knowledge I had about Wood Carving/Door Making and also plan out some of the major questions I will be researching on the Microcampus trip. Recently, In Phase 2, I started searching for helpful sources that will help me with my research. 

Background Information (from Phase 1):

Wood Carving is one of the oldest handicrafts in the world, being around since mankind. In history, humans used Wood Carving in many different ways. Some examples are decorative handles for tools, religious figures place in tombs to protect the dead, and helped people who did not know how to read to understand special events. In the modern world, Wood Carving is used to make wooden instruments, utensils, container, vessels, decorations and also models. [1]

They are 2 types of woods you can carve on, softwood and hardwood. Some examples of them are principally oak, mahogany, walnut, elm, limewood, chestnut, ebony, boxwood, cedar, cypress, olive, teak, and pine. Both softwood and hardwood have advantages and disadvantages, softwoods are easy to shape but are not very durable while hardwood is fairly difficult to shape but have better luster and endurance. Even though stone and animal bones are more likely to survive weather issues, are more durable,  and are insect proof, most carvings are made fo wood because of its fibrous strength, you can carve more detailedly and more precisely. [2] Different cultures use different tools to make wood, some example of tools used in America would be a chisel, gouge, long bent, skew, a parting tool, and the V-tool. All of them, serve different purposes, adding its own precise details.  [3] In China (Xi Zhou) there is 5 main tools Wood Carvers use, including an ax,  even knife, Three angular cutters, Gu Ding Jia, and Wen Dao.  Even though they are different tools, some still share common purposes, for example, the gouge and the Wen Dao both are used to carve curved areas, the straight chisel, and straight knife are both used to straight and flatter areas. This is one of the factors that separates Wood Carvings from different cultures. [4]

In Xi Zhou, the wood used by Wood Carvers are imported from far away lands, such as Thailand, African, and a lot more. These woods are all very heavy and dense. The wood goes through a lot of processes before it can be carved, including using an electric sander, smoothing and getting the basic shape of the art piece they want to make, dipping it into Primer, that does not allow the wood to absorb the paint and developing rust, at least 2 times, using sandpaper to make the wood completely smooth, and coating it Mian Qi which is like a polish. Usually, to finish carving a piece of furniture it would take 6 months to a whole year, it takes this long because everything has to dry before they can move on to the next step. This is why Wood Carvers usually carves multiple pieces at a time. The people in Xi Zhou really focuses on the quality of the carvings, using hardwoods, which I mentioned above, it really assures the durability on the carvings and also gives it a nice luster even though it takes a lot more effort. Some specialty of their Wood Carvings in Xi Zhou is their peculiarity furniture and their wonderful designs.[5] Most individual pieces of art have their own meanings, they can bring people luck, joy, and happiness, they can tell a meaning or a story. For example, Dragons in Xi Zhou represents authority and gives positive flow to the people to the ones who have a dragon sculpture at home, but if you have a dog it means your house would not contain a dragon spirit. Another example is how fish represents man and flowers represented your offspring and your wife, this explains why in the past there would always be a single fish surrounded by flowers carved on the walls of most houses. [6,7]


Information From 3-to-5's:

Information From Local Contacts:

Answers to Previous Questions (from Phase 1):


1. Wood Carving- Art History On Demand accessed January 26, 2018
2. Wood Carving and Sculpture accessed January 28, 2018

3.  Wood Carving Tools accessed January 28, 2018                                                                                      4. R____, Sasha. Inquiry Project: Wood Carving accessed February 4, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          5. K____, Brandon. Inquiry Project: Wood Carving accessed January 31, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6.C_____, Joanne. Inquiry Project: Wood Carving accessed February 4, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          7. B____, Rachel. Inquiry Project: Wood Carving accessed February 4

Hello everybody! My name is Brandt L. and I am 13 years old. I moved to China when I was two years old and have been in the SAS community for about 5 years and it has been an amazing and a wonderful time. Something I like to do in my free time is to draw, take photos, listen to music, and play with my dog who is named Luffy. I have a sister called Vanessa who was part of the Microcampus E group and I am extremely excited to also be in the microcampus trip. I can't wait to go to Xizhou and learn more about their culture and meet the people there! :)