Wu Ching has been honored in the arts community at home and abroad for his “exquisite woodcarvings”, meaning that his ingenious woodcarving technique realistically depicts nature.
Wu Ching often takes wood to its extreme limits. The entire subject is carved out of a single piece of wood, thorough shaving and hollowing, minutely carving and chiseling to capture reality in exquisite detail right down to a strand of fur.
Such “fur carving” was also termed “gossamer fur carving” in that the carved lines were minute enough to depict a strand of fur, as if the carving line were like a gossamer fiber. This allowed depicting the wings of insects or the appearance of human skin, but required perseverance to accomplish.
The carving implement requirements were also greater than for ordinary woodcarving, since the knife had to be sharp and sturdy to cut a fiber-thin line smoothly, something that ordinary woodcarving knives could not do. Whereupon, Wu Ching successfully improved the woodcarving knife to enhance the degree of minute detail he could carve.