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手作的驕傲
The Makers

蔡爾容 Tsai Erh Jung

紙雕神像師傅
Master of Paper God Statue

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求學時期的蔡爾容,主修化工系,因緣際會之下,轉向科技業發展,是很被看好的一位科技人才。

因為父親的中風,蔡爾容毅然決然放棄人人羨慕的高薪科技人身分,回到北港,一圓父親對這項傳統工藝流傳千年的願,全心投入紙藝生活,並堅信能夠開創人生新道路。除了舊有技藝之外,更積極研究中國紙藝;以往大家以為紙神像易破損、難保存,其實目前收藏最久的紙藝是唐朝紙棺,仍完好如初,所以更加堅定確認紙糊和木雕神像一樣可保存長久。

民國87年,蔡爾容正式接手經營,決心將手工藝品技術推廣至更高境界,便開始積極尋找失傳已久的紙塑神像之製作技巧,透過尋找所有關記載與「紙」相關古書,並專研史籍,拼湊摸索,經歷很多挫折失敗,經歷了五、六年多的時間,終於漸漸一點一滴的拼湊出一千多年前古人利用紙來製作紙塑神像的方法與技術。
Tsai Erh Jung majored in chemical engineering in college and entered the high-tech industry after graduation. However, he decided to return to Beigang and devoted himself to the art of paper sculpture when his father had a stroke. This decision from engineer to paper sculptor was life changing.

Tsai not only studied the traditional skills of paper sculpturing, but also put a lot of efforts on preserving methods of paper works.

In 1998, Tsai took over his father’s career and determined to develop the skills of making paper statue of traditional deities. After spending almost six years on studying ancient books about paper and overcoming many difficulties, Tsai has now revived the ancient methods of making paper statue of deities and become one of the few masters with this skill that was once lost.

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