Who makes anything by hand anymore? Even in China, most woks are factory made. Handmade wok making is a dying craft, I think its really an art. They are gorgeous. There is a man in Shanghai who has been making woks his entire life and the word around town is his little shop is going to close due to city growth. With this news, we had to find him and get some handmade woks. Here is an article from CNN travel on the wok man with some great photos.
The article mentions you can hear the sound of the pounding of the metal. That is exactly how we knew we were getting close. It is down a narrow street full of various street and local vendors. It is a very small shop and you could miss it if he is not pounding out a wok or if you don’t see the wok hanging near the door.
His workshop extends to the small courtyard next to the door.
We purchased 2 woks for 240RMB (Approx. $37). One for us and one for Frank & Andrea, SURPRISE if you read the blog you will see that we got you a handmade wok! We just now need to get it to you, it is pretty heavy. They will need to be seasoned before use, we haven’t started that process yet. They are now just hanging in the kitchen being beautiful. Each divot is hand pounded, amazing. A nice treasure from living in Shanghai.