Watching the mother of pearl inlay process

What our guide has been calling a village is really a neighborhood of like minded families all making the same type of product.  They started out as separate villages but have been engulfed by the growing city.  This family of inlay workers is about an hour  outside of Ha Noi.  The first photo is  showing him laying out the shell on the pattern.  Then you see him cutting the intricate pieces with his very sophisticated ?? handsaw.  The cut out design on the wood.  I did not see that happen.  Then the finished piece.  Missed a few steps as this family does not have the whole process laid out on a board like the lacquer shop did.  It is a bit raised from the wood surface but very smooth.


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