This time round, I’ve chosen to use PVC pipes for the handles. I want to make a lion head that’s of reasonable weight so it’s possible to perform. The Choi Sik Gwan Gung lion that I last made was so heavy that after 2 shops, it sapped everyone’s energy and we packed it away. It hasn’t been used since. Lions are beautiful pieces of art, but they’re made to be performed with rather than stared in its lifeless state (unless of course it’s a grandpa lion and plain awesome looking and too fragile to be used) and I think it’s a shame if a young fresh lion couldn’t be danced for others to enjoy.
I’ve stuck with using metal wires again for binding everything together. I know some people aren’t a fan of them because there is a chance they’ll rust or get brittle and crack but for the moment, I’m going to stick with it until I get the confidence to use other mediums like sports tape or actual paper ties and glue.
I’m also experimenting with which is the best order to add the bamboo strips to. So far it’s working much better than my previous project.