Lung Man-cheun grins as he crosses the road to greet us, bends down to unlock the corrugated metal door and pulls it up. He presses down on two wall switches, and the lightbulbs hanging down on cords come on and the two ceiling fans begin to turn and whirr. The workshop is on a small street in To Kwa Wan filled with metal and car maintenance workshops. Lung has rented this space with two friends for the past eight months and uses it to preserve the old ways of carpentry, where wood is joined by skill and measurement, not nails. The left wall is lined with a variety of saws, hammers and tools used to plane wood, among others. Slabs of wood are neatly stacked, ready to be turned into furniture. On the floor are wooden stools, made at the workshop, where pieces of wood are fitted to join others and smoothed off. Lung, a pack of Winston cigarettes in his top pocket, invites us to sit down. "I would think, I'm one of the only people these days carrying on with this style of carpentry," says Lung, 83. When I put a piece of furniture together, I do the whole thing LUNG MAN-CHEUN "I think it's important to pass the skills on to the next generation, and so I have a Facebook page and regularly have students here. Usually they just get to work, and I'm here if they have any questions." Lung was a bit surprised by the positive response he received after starting the workshops. He's also carried out courses at Polytechnic University in recent years, he says, as well as a secondary school in Wan Chai, providing hands-on skills in a school environment that is often very academic. He started a carpentry apprenticeship at the age of 15. After the Japanese military invasion of Hong Kong in December 1941, Lung describes how he spent a slow two months walking back to the family's ancestral village of Shan Tin in Guangdong. "We would just try to walk at night, it was safer then. During the day we would hide in caves and among the trees and try to sleep in between." After the war ended in 1945, he returned to Hong Kong. He first eked out a living by selling vegetables and seafood, and then went on to his woodwork apprenticeship. His first woodwork master, he says, only paid between HK$40 and HK$60 a month, so he moved to another where he could earn a more lucrative HK$4 a day. "I learned carpentry for the next 50 years," says Lung of his job making furniture for Hong Kong residents - dining tables, chairs, cupboards and the traditional window frames. "I would use camphorwood for the window frames because the wood is very dense and suitable for that. There were furniture factories here until the early 1980s when manufacturing moved over to Shenzhen," he says. "These days, it's all made over there. But when I put a piece of furniture together," he says pointing to one of his stools, "I do the whole thing. There, they'll have one person making each bit and then it's put together later. It looks good, but I don't think it is made as well these days." Lung has been nominated for the Cultural Preservation Award by the NGO Community Arts Network for this year's Spirit of Hong Kong Awards, organised by the South China Morning Post . The network says in its nomination that Lung is encouraging the next generation to learn traditional craftsmanship. He is also helping to highlight the attractions of To Kwa Wan district, and is well-loved for fixing residents' furniture for free where he lives in Wan Chai.