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Artists Present Their Wood Craft Masterpieces for NTPU Anniversary Celebration

Marking the 70th anniversary of National Taipei University (NTPU), more than 100 masterpieces of wood craft by masters and students were displayed at the library since Sept. 19.

The complex was actually a wood craft classroom that was donated by the HDG Foundation and launched on June 29. Students from different departments participated in different classes and made it a busy location almost every day. The foundation said that they called this display “the weekly journal of a wood craft master.”

A giant wood bicycle is the first thing you will see as you walk into the exhibition, followed by all kinds of wood furniture, musical instruments, spoons, and forks. Visitors will understand and learn the close connections between these woods and their daily life. And hopefully, a fresh idea to spend their life and develop art masterpieces at the same time.

As he went through the exhibition carefully, NTPU President Lee Chen-jia (李承嘉) admitted that he has underestimated wood-related jobs and thought that coming up with a wood piece is nothing but an entry level job for a craft artist. He has now realized that “this is not just a common job for common people.”

“This is something you can be proud of, something you can bring home for daily use,” Lee said.

Center of General Education Director Yeh Ta-kang (葉大綱) said that wood craft is a lot accessible, to compare with pottery that he has been involved in college. He said that the center is planning to carry out more projects with the foundation and open more courses for students, staff and faculty members, and of course, local community members, as he is also planning to learn wood craft, too.

“It takes an oven to do pottery. But you only need few tools to come up with a wood masterpiece,” he said.

Librarian Chang Wen-chun (張文俊) said that he grew up near a wood lot in Fengyuan, as his father was a carpenter, who made and gave him the first shelf in his life. As a son of a carpenter, he has connections with woods and these displays certainly reminded him a lot of good old times with families.

Lin Tong-yang (林東陽), founder of the foundation, said that his team and he have been trying to work hard and stay low-profile because they believe applauses will belong to those who deserve them. He is very happy that they have cultivated many remarkable artists who can pass on the fire. Prof. Evelyn Wu from the center, for example, is a third-generation artist from the foundation and is now teaching wood craft at NTPU in return of a hope that there will be more wood craft artists in the future.

Before the closing day on Oct. 17, the exhibition will be opened to the public between 10am and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.