Button Maker: Stamping out metal buttons. Blank held in place and weight holding die for pattern being work was raised by rope and pulley wheel and dropped on blank. Dies for different sizes and patterns on floor. Buttons would need finishing by removal of burrs and imperfections. Hand-coloured woodcut from The Book of English Trades London 1823.
Carpenters constructing a stamping mill for breaking up ores and extraction of metals. Men on the left are measuring up a baulk of timber, K, to form a cam-shaft. A completed cam-shaft at H fitted with cams I. B is the stem of a single stamp, A. All the pieces of the mechanism are made of wood. From De re metallica, by Agricola, pseudonym of Georg Bauer (Basle, 1556). Woodcut.
Artisans d'Angkor is a group trained by the Chantiers Écoles de Formation Professionnelle. Located in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with two training schools. An initiative of the National Cambodian Institutions, the French Foreign Ministry and the European Union, Chantiers Ecoles de Formation Professionnelle provides unschooled rural youth with free vocational training programs, while Artisans d'Angkor provides them a professional, economic and social integration into providing a service for their locale. Its objectives are to support and promote Khmer art and culture, educating local youth, and provide jobs to youth interested in traditional crafts. The Artisan's centre, established to perpetuate the art and culture of the World Heritage Site of Angkor through training the present generation of local youth in the disciplines of metal working, silk weaving, and wood and stone carving had the distinction of the artisans of the institute won the award "Seal of Excellence for Handicrafts" in a competition organized by UNESCO.
With a history of more than 1,200 years, Yuantong Temple is the grandest as well as the most important Buddhist temple in Yunnan Province. Yuantong Temple is a working temple that also represents the Buddhism of China today. Along with the patronage of the local people of Kunming, Buddhists from around the world come here on pilgrimages to pay homage, there are special Buddhist services two times each month and the Buddhist Association of Yunnan is located here.