A craftsman from North Kazakhstan region creates unique wooden masterpieces
A craftsman from North Kazakhstan region creates unique wooden masterpieces. Shatarbay Dauey lives in Kellerovka village. He returned to his historical homeland from Mongolia seven years ago. He knows how to build a reliable yurt. Kazakh traditional felt tent must withstand the pressure of the strong wind and keep warm. The craftsman has his own secrets and willingly shares them. He also teaches young people to make folk instruments.
SHATARBAY DAUEY, CRAFTSMAN
Art must be developed in Kazakhstan. We have to popularize it and pass it as heritage to the next generation. Art must attract youth. This is our history. It is not enough to know English language only, it is necessary to know one’s own culture.
The teacher with forty-five years of experience has taught several dozen students across Kazakhstan. The master shares his knowledge in wood carving, which is a complex art, and requires hard work. The craftsman puts his heart and soul into his works, whether it is a dombyra or a houseware, a national souvenir or a toy.
SHEKEN DAUEY, APPRENTICE
Thanks to my father, I learned to make different souvenirs from the bones of fish, sheep, and birds. It is hard to work with wood, but while my father is with me I will learn this craft. He creates masterpieces. My two-year-old son Yerasyl also spends time with his grandfather. So, it seems we will continue the family business.
Shatarbay Dauey’s small masterpieces have won him fame and acclaim at many competitions and exhibitions. The 72-year-old pensioner is not planning to quit his craft anytime soon - he is full of ideas and wants to open a College of Applied Arts so that he could pass his knowledge of Kazakh traditions of woodcarving to the future generations.