Vietnamese artist carves various Buddhist images into pieces of dried bamboo
This artist based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, carves various Buddhist images into pieces of bamboo that have been dried for months.
Nguyen Manh Cuong sketches the designs with a pencil first before using equipment to cut out the artwork.
He said: "I've been doing this sculpting work for almost two years now. First, I went to work for a company and then took a break, then I started my own business and encountered many problems. After that, I was introduced to this art by a friend, I learned and enjoyed it and have been attached to it until now.
"The difficulty is that I have to find a suitable bamboo eye, which requires a bamboo eye with 8 to 12 cm in diameter. Out of 500 pieces, only one or two standard bamboo eyes can be selected.
"The main tool is this hand saw, before I start shaping, I have to clean it with a broom. If the outer shell is still beautiful, I will keep it, and if there is a scratch, I have to smooth it out to retain the maximum beauty of the bamboo eye.
"Every time I finish a product, I am very excited, feeling full of health inside, like a person who has just finished exercising."