Tools for Traditional Handcraft

The traditional handcrafts refer to cotton fluffing, iron forge, knife sharpening, porcelain mending, soybean cake making, oil painting, tile making and horseshoe mounting which are all closely related to daily life of people. These simple manual skills and tools faded out with the improvement of living conditions. They have unique cultural and scientific values. They are the witness of the development of human society. These are invaluable essence that deserved to be appreciated.

As an old saying goes, the mechanic, who wishes to do his work well, must first sharpen his tools. These simple and effective tool were developed by craftsmen in their working practice over the ages. For a long time, craftsmen used these tools to make or repair various living utensils. They brought enjoyment and happiness to Chinese masses and making these tools endeared to be accompany.

The tools presented here are collected from Sichuan, Hebei, Henan, Qinghai, Zhejiang, Shanxi, Beijing and other places, most of which have a history of up to 300 years from Qing Dynasty to the era of Republic of China.

The items displayed include following categories:

  • Wooden bow and wooden hammer for cotton fluffing
  • The burden and diamond drill for mending porcelain utensils
  • Ceramic roulette 
  • The board for making soybean cake
  • Tile mould
  • The sheep shearing scissors used by Yi
  • Oil painting tools
  • Carpenter’s pen
  • Wood scraping tool used by Korean
Location: 1st floor, Bai Branch Museum, South Park