From Restoration to Transmission and Exchange
---The Record of Carpenters Without Boarders Workcamp
How to design and build a house by using the chopped wood depends on the craftsman’s skills. As a craftsman, the most important and essential thing is the exquisite craftsmanship. Different regions and countries have differences on cultural customs, and the craftsman also use diverse tools. But the craftsmanship has the same origin. Today, all the craftsmen gather at Matou village, Guizhou. We show our remarkable abilities to build a Tujia wooden house together. Aimed to meet each other, know each other and improve each other. During these 10 days, we complete the house and display our abilities. Though we speak differentlanguages and use different tools, we have the same minds and same skills. We cherish our friendship and spend a happy time together. Music never stops in our spare time. For me, all of these are lifetime memories and worth to record.
The workcamp of Carpenters Without Borders hold the exchanging activity at Matou village in Xiangzhigou of Guiyang, Guizhou province from August 29th to September 9th, 2015, aimed to spread and learn craftsmanship. The workcamp is the first cooperation between the Ruan Yisan Heritage Foundation (RHF) and the French Carpenters Without Borders. The Carpenters Without Borders is an organization which was founded in 1993 and initiated by the Francois Calame, French officer of Ministry of Cultural. There will be carpenter exchanging activities every summer in different countries and regions. This is the first time that the activity is host in China. The activities is host by Yuejian, the representative of the RHF in Guizhou. It also invites 2
French museum curators and 22 professional carpenters, including French government officers, bosses of the wooden companies, director of British Timber Industry Association, engineers and apprentices, from four different European countries(France, Britain, Norway, Belgium). These 24 persons all together work with six local carpenters of Buyi nationality. Based on the local architect Yuejian’s design, they finished the main framework of a 200
square meters wooden building in 10 days.