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Man wants to pass down iron kettle craftsmanship

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2020-07-14 16:43

Guo Zhongping (right) and his apprentice at their workshop, Jin city, Shanxi province, July 10, 2020. [Photo /Xinhua]

A Chinese saying goes like this, “There are three kinds of hard labor in human society: Blacksmithing, the pole boat and making tofu”.

In spite of this, many people are still engaging in these fields. Guo Zhongping, a 52-year-old iron kettle craftsman, is one of them.

Based in Jin city in North China’s Shanxi province, a place that famous for its exquisite handmade iron kettles since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Guo still uses traditional methods passed down over the generations to make kettles.

Crafting a handmade iron kettle involves dozens of procedures, and some steps are very dangerous.

According to Guo, many young people are not willing to take on such a job.

“As long as someone wants to learn the craft, I will teach him or her. I wish I could pass down this traditional craft to the younger generations,” he said.

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