Competitiors remove the mould after casting. VNA Photo Khiếu Tư
Thanh Hoa – The north-central province of Thanh Hoa launched a bronze drum casting contest using traditional crafting methods in Yen Dinh District on April 29 in celebration of its 990th founding anniversary (1029-2019).
Dozens of artisans and skilled workers from the seven biggest local bronze casting centres are participating in the competition.
Five bronze drums are being made according to the Ngoc Lu drum version – one of the unique artifacts of the ancient Vietnamese cultural heritage – currently preserved at the Vietnam History Museum.
The drum has a face diameter of 60cm and height of 49cm. Once completed, it will weigh about 60kg.
Artisan Nguyen Minh Tuan said he and his partners had spent one month moulding and creating patterns for the drum.
“Particularly, we spent a lot of time studying carefully the Ngoc Lu drum model, then started working on it”, he said.
Chairman of the Thanh Hoa Cultural Heritage and Antiques Association Ho Quang Son said the contest would help promote the traditional trade in Thanh Hoa.
After completion, five drums and two bells made from bronze would be put on display on the celebration day on May 8, he added.-VNS