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Craftsman's wooden rocket not for space mission

By YANG JUN in Guiyang | chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: 2021-06-28 Print

Mao Fengxiang, 28, from Zunyi, Guizhou province, spent two days making a Long March 2F carrier rocket. But this rocket won't be going into space. It's made of wood.

"The Long March 2F carrier rocket carrying the Shenzhou XII spacecraft was successfully launched recently, ushering in a new era for humanity's exploration of space," Mao said, noting that he made the model to commemorate the major milestone for the Chinese space program.

The 4-meter-tall model is all wood, made with techniques handed down to Mao from his grandfather.

There are no nails or other metal fasteners. 

"I worked at least 12 hours a day, and my relatives and friends helped me a lot. It is not the most difficult woodwork but the one I am most proud of," he said.

Mao has made approximately 200 other pieces – including swords, tanks and helicopters – since he began pursuing carpentry with a passion five years ago. 

"The most difficult one was a Mercedes. It took two months to make," he said.

"Making wooden handicrafts is time-consuming, and good results come only with great care. Hand injuries are commonplace," Mao said. "But I want to pass on the ancient craft."

Zhao Yandi contributed to this story.

Video by Mao Fengxiang

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