Wood carving is a craft practiced worldwide — but if you really want to be impressed, you need to check out what wood carvers in the Dongyang region of China are doing.

Their intricate, detailed creations are so fluid and lifelike that it’s almost hard to believe you’re looking at a piece of wood — a single piece of wood.

This practice of wood carving dates back some 1,300 years to the Tang Dynasty, and the tradition is still carried out today by highly trained artists.

Obviously, carving wood like this takes some serious study and talent, and it’s also considered a major point of cultural pride. These artists could certainly compare notes with the man who carves his stories onto eggshells!

Dongyang wood carving is used to embellish almost any wooden surface in homes and in public places alike.