The First National Workers' Woodworking Skills Competition and the "KaoGong Cup" Handmade Carpentry and Furniture Design Competition was held on October 21, 2023 at the Beijing Panjiayuan Antique Market. The competition is sponsored by The Chinese Workers' Technical Association, The National Innovation Alliance for Wood Culture and Creative Industries under the National Forestry and Grassland Administration, and organized by the Beijing Design Society, the International Wood Culture Society and other units.
The "KaoGong Cup" competition includes two categories: Handmade Carpentry and Furniture Design. The competition is divided into Written Test and Practical Exercise. Among them, the Handmade Carpentry Practical Exercise requires contestants to complete the production of a stool with "Four Legs Eight Orientations" within the prescribed 300 minutes. Furniture Design require contestants to conduct design research and planning in the early stage. The designed furniture works are in line with the theme of furniture design and production (seating) in the context of rural revitalization. Ultimately, winners will be selected depending on their oral defense from those who submitting their works. More than 50 artisans and students from Anhui, Beijing, Hunan, Heilongjiang, Inner Mongolia and other provinces and cities participated in this competition.
"KaoGong" comes from "KaoGong Ji", which is the first scientific and technological work in ancient China that clearly records the government handicraft manufacturing industry and its technical specifications. The aim of holding the National Workers' Woodworking Skills Competition is to promote and inherit traditional Chinese woodworking culture, improve the professional skills level of the handmade woodworking and furniture design industries, and demonstrate the rich cultural connotation and infinite charm of traditional woodworking skills.