Black and white photograph showing a woodworker seated in a workshop making the shaft of a crossbow. He is using a curved tool to shape the shaft. One foot presses on the base of the shaft, holding it in place. Numerous tools can be seen hanging on the wall of the workshop behind.
In Old Peking the wood workshops were generally divided into fine-woodworking workshops, furniture workshops and coarse-woodworking workshops.
This is one of a large number of photographs that were taken by Hedda Morrison (1908-1991) during her years of residence in Peking (Beijing), China 1933-1946.
Exhibited in 'Peking: 1933-1946 - A photographic impression', Menzies Library, Australian National University, 17-30 June 1967.
Gift of Mr Alastair Morrison, 1992