I went to Ipoh Old Town, Lorong Bijeh Timah (formerly Kenion Street), some time ago and came across this elderly man busy engraving a sign board.

wood engraving

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This is definitely a dying art as admitted by him, as no one is willing to take on this laborious task, when this could be done in an easier way, by using machine to carve the wooden board or better still, by using stickers.

wood engraving

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Although we can see that we was carving Chinese characters, interestingly, he doesn’t read Mandarin. What he would do is to trace the characters on the board as if he was drawing. He said that he is lowly educated, otherwise he wouldn’t be doing this job!

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