Chawki starts by carving away and sculpting a piece of wood, and embellishing it with acrylic, modeling paste, and plenty of other craft materials.
I came across his works a few years back in the permanent Jbeil exhibition in the souks (before I started blogging) and was shocked by how intricate his works are.
Chawki tells me he got into creating his miniature works while sculpting a grotte for Christmas. With the remaining wood, he created a small miniature house and equipped it with its accompanying furniture.
"I've been working for a long time but as a profession it's been around 10 years. For my work, I use mixed media such as wood, a special kind of paste, iron, copper, plexiglass, cloth, and acrylics - using techniques that are difficult to explain," he says.
Never before has a Lebanese craftsman created something even remotely similar. At least, I've never seen it. In fact, with the exception of movies - I rarely see any miniature 3D works anymore anywhere. Naturally, I'm excited to finally feature his work.
Look closely. See that room on the left? Now observe the next photo.
Detailed miniature interior.
"I think what's beautiful about Lebanese architecture is mainly the high lengths of doors and windows with arches drawn above them," Chawki explains.
"In addition to the combination of windows and plant-boxes which is very unusual, it makes it special and testifies to the Lebanese people's love of flowers."
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