The engraving time in the leaves
Most of the time, Li Kai sculpted in the dormitory and occasionally in the classroom. While other students are playing games and chatting, he is sitting with a leaf for hours. Some people say that this seems to be inconsistent with the figure of an engineering student. He smiled and replied: “Why a engineering boy cannot have such a hobby?"
Before carving, Li Kai will do the design first and draw a pattern on the leaves. It takes at least five hours to complete a work, and more complex ones even take a day or two. At first, he did not know that he would have to avoid the veins of the leaves to sculpt and ended up breaking many leaves. Li Kai said, "At that time, more than 200 leaves were destroyed by me." After repeated trials and failures, he finally completed his first work "Magpies."