intricate woodcarvings by mary leu intricate woodcarvings by mary leu
dec 11, 2012

intricate woodcarvings by mary leu

wood carving of knitted fabric by mary leu



taiwanese artist mary leu is known for breaking a craft long dominated by men in her country – woodcarving. each piece is sculpted from a single piece of boxwood, which may depict a piece of fruit, a pair of sneakers or a length of cloth. depending on the size, each piece takes between three months to a year to complete – and the attention to detail leu invests in her work can be revealed through a magnifying glass which shows the simulation of small hairs on a stem of a plant or a thatch in a piece of fabric. leu established her business ‘mary leu fine carving art gallery’ in 2000 – a one-story house that is divided into three sections – an exhibition space, a workshop, and a coffee/tea house that also acts as a souvenir shop – where leu continues to astound locals and visitors with her talent, despite her gender.



a length of cloth and basket recreated through wood



carved underpants



a carved bag



clothes hanging on the line


a video showing mary leu’s work



via inspir3d

  • incredible

    dbkii says:
  • Thank you for the gift of this video .
    It is a gift to the eyes/mind of those who would never otherwise see your work
    again thank you

    Paedra says:
  • Would love to see photos or video of her making these things. On her website, one photo of her working w/a pin tool on a wooden piece. Pics of other things in other materials. One glass piece is spectacula, could be a segment of fruit, could be larva. Less impressed w/the metal work given that there are ancient pieces which are more remarkable considering the tools available then & the degree of specificity still accomplished.

    Did she fabricate everything herself, in every medium? Was this all done w/o cad?

    Beautiful, wonderful, obsessive work.

    marhar says:

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