Fly wing carving 432

Kung fu master Chen Pengxian wasn’t just winging it when he claimed he could create the smallest carving in the world.

So Chen, 42, carved an entire sentence in Chinese characters on a fly’s wing to prove his ability.

The sentence – which translates as ‘I am at the bottom of her valley of no love’ – was taken from his favourite martial arts novel.

“I have studied king fu for 20 years and I used the breathing techniques I had learned to stop my hands from shaking because one slip would have torn the wing to pieces,” he explained from his studio in Taipei, Taiwan.