Binzhou Blacksmith Master Li

Blacksmithing, a traditional art in Binzhou, is different from many of the other traditional Chinese arts.  Unlike calligraphy and pottery, blacksmithing involves a large amount of physical strength and precision. Master Li, who is 72 years old, is a maestro of this craft. His works are even collected from overseas fans in Italy! His best seller is a reverse-hooked fish spear that sells for only ¥13 (RMB 800).

Watch Master Li make a catchy beat as he strikes away at the molten steel: almost like he’s playing the drums!

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