chen xiaogou, age 72, craftsman of dragon boat, held a unfinished dragon head in his workshop on qingchuan street.
the tool box of chen xiaogou has been used for several decades.
chen xiaogou and his partner were planing the wood of boat body by hand.
there are few steps to construct a dragon boat, but each step is a test of skill.
first, cut camphor wood into smooth planks;
then, the dragon boat body is formed with assembled boards. brush every corner of the wood with tung oil, once a year, for three consecutive years;
finally, before the dragon boat race, the dragon body is decorated with the dragon head with delicate carving.
chen xiaogou was painting the dragon head carefully.
the dragon head is the soul of the dragon boat. a few dragon heads in the workshop are vivid in 5 kinds of color such as red, yellow, blue, green, black with the mouth vomiting red letter and the bright piercing eyes jumped up and down.
chen xiaogou showed the quants specially made for the dragon boat competition.
a book about history of dragon boat in jiang village.
photos by courtesy of xixi wetland release