July 27 - Lu Pan Day in Hong Kong

Posted on July 27, 2022     

This is an update of my post published on July 27, 2011:

Have you ever heard of Lu Pan, the Chinese Leonardo da Vinci?

He is said to have invented the drill, plane, shovel, saw, lock, and ladder. And his wife is credited with inventing the umbrella!

Today is the traditional birthday of this Taoist hero and inventor, who is said to have been born on this day in 507 B.C.E. Lu Pan was an architect and engineer and is considered the patron saint of carpenters.

These photos show traditional Chinese
(and Japanese and Korean)
carpentry tools.

Try your hand at carpentry!

Here are a few ideas. 
Here is a book that can help with lots more ideas. 

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