HEADLINE Cosmos on a lamp: Farmer chisels 12 Chinese Zodiac patterns on one light bulb

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Cosmos on a lamp: Farmer chisels 12 Chinese Zodiac patterns on one light bulb

People's Daily app

21:07, March 18, 2018

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Kong Qingsi, a farmer from Zoucheng city of East China's Shandong Province, fell in love with engraving on stone when he was 20. Kong used to pick up a stone and practice his skill as long as he was free from farm work. Years of rigorous practice resulted in his excellence in the art. (Photos: VCG)

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Two hammers, a pair of drills made from alloy steel and a light bulb,are his tools — simple instruments that demand patience and  precision. “The bulb will shatter if you use too much  force. Even though a crack is sometimes unnoticeable, it would compromise the quality of work,”said Kong.

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To cut down cost, Kong buys used bulbs from recycling plants. He has also used welding to customize his own tools.

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The 12 traditional Chinese Zodiac signs have complex contours. Kong has to engrave 6,000 strokes to finish one Zodiac pattern.

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He has become famous as “the person who engraves most Zodiac patterns on one light bulb with an iron hammer”. Kong has started a workroom at a scenic place near his hometown to showcase skills and his work to tourists. 

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(Compiled by Qiao Wai)

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