Lin Jianjun’s expertise makes him a one-of-a-kind creator. According to him, there are merely a handful of artists remaining that produce the same level of Chinese wood carving in the country, and they each showcase unique styles and methods. He is a rarity, even in his circle, which positions him as a beacon of knowledge and inspiration for art enthusiasts everywhere. In his early years, Lin was surrounded by and looked up to many artists, craftsmen, and sculptures alike. Once respected icons in their fields, Lin’s role models grew older and succeeding generations were either unable or unwilling to take their place.