I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW the Zhao Zilong lion we ordered arrived today. It was unexpected, but a great surprise. Perfect timing for us to bless our new lions before CNY.
The lion is absolutely beautiful. We love the tail and the zhao pai came out really nice. My wife was very pleased with the fook circle as well. As we go along, I can see there are certain details that we like and am noting them down to include in our next lion description.
Mahalo for everything!
I LOVE ALL THE ITEMS. You have taken a burden off my shoulders. I was stressing about having the right props for the wedding gig, but you delivered in a very big way for me my friends and I really appreciate it. I do not know how I could do it without your help, support, and encouragement.
I am really impressed with you and your company. Your workmanship is A+. I say this because I have had some other scrolls made and yours are the best. You may be a bit more expensive, but it is clearly evident why. I do not mind paying a little extra in order to get what you are offering. Thank you :-)
I want to wish you and your family, and company and very happy and blessed new year.
I would like to thank you very much for helping me with that research paper. I just got my grade back and I ended up doing very well on my paper. Thank you so much for all the information and sources you found for me as I would have failed my paper without them.
I bought a pair of ironwood sticks from you guys… using these sticks in performance is amazing! They are perfectly balanced and fast. Let Welton know that his sticks turned a lot of heads when I played with them.
I HAD BEEN NEEDING a new lion but couldn’t find any I liked from the lion dance suppliers I had used before. I wanted a lion that was inspiring and OCLS has certainly achieved that. My new lion is well made, beautiful and it looks fierce! The quality of the workmanship is breath-taking, I feel we need to dance even better to do this lion justice and I look forward to performing with it.
Thanks to Corey and OCLS for creating such a gorgeous lion.
YOU WERE RIGHT about the sticks getting here sooner than the check did! I just played with them for a while—they sound amazing. Welton was right about those being the “best sticks you’ve ever seen or held.” They are simply amazing. They are consistent with weight, size, and balance. Whoever wants to buy lion dance equipment in the future, I will direct to your website!
Thanks so much, (time to go back to playing the drums)
WE PURCHASED “CHEW” the Lion of the Season from Corey and staff. We were speechless when we opened the package! The craftsmanship and beauty of this lion were immediately apparent. The staff of OCLS went above and beyond to make our wish come true before sending this lion to our home! We were so pleased with the quality of this lion and their service that we commissioned OCLS to make a lion for our four-year-old daughter.
The expression on her face when she saw her lion was priceless!!! Christmas truly came early for our little girl! The lion was absolutely stunning and beautiful! Corey incorporated numerous personal touches that he gleaned from our many conversations into the design of this lion that truly captured the essence of our daughter! It was refreshing and quite frankly, touching to see that a company would painstakingly listen to the customer and utilize that information to personalize their product.
In our opinion, the quality of their products are unmatched. Equally as important is their unparalleled commitment to customer service and willingness to share their knowledge and information regarding lion dancing. The information contained in the website is invaluable to newcomers and seasoned veterans of lion dancing. We will be forever grateful for the unselfish manner in which Corey meticulously provided us with information to further our knowledge of the joy, beauty and art of lion dancing.
Thank you for your fabulous products, wonderful service and more importantly, your friendship.
Mark, Dani and Ameya Smith
OH… MY… GOD!!! An amazing OCLS creation just arrived at my door today and I am BLOWN AWAY. This family lion that you guys created is unbelievably breathtaking. I remember Travis saying that Corey had a surprise for the lion concerning the snakes; you were not kidding. That was ingenious. Totally grateful for all the work that went in to this project and am completely awestruck by the final product. Starting to run out of superlatives and adjectives to describe this one-of-a-kind masterpiece… thank you so much for all the hard work and for helping us obtain this legacy for our family.
As for the beautiful art in my living room, I cannot take my eyes off of it. When I am in a bad mood at work, I usually look at pictures of my daughter on my phone to feel better, but this week has been pictures of the lion.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INSPIRATIONAL WEBSITE. I have been a big fan of your site for a few years. My favorite part is all the messages from the Can Do Lion Builders. I believe their inspiration was truly from their emotion and heart, and it successfully shows in each beautiful and exquisite lion. Personally, I believe the one thing that draws the most attention to lion dance is the art and craft of the lions. The way the colors and the textures mix together along with the dance and music creates a very magical and spiritual experience.
I saw these lions last night and was blown away by the awesome artistry, vibrant colors, intricate & painstaking details (down to the type of fur, bristle, trimmings, etc…), perfectly scaled shapes and different styles of lion heads customized for each person’s taste. The mouth moves, the eyelids blink and the eyes even light up. These are the absolute BEST looking replicas you will ever see. I guarantee it! Anything you have, other than a full size lion, does not touch this work of art. They all pale by comparison. It looks better than some lions I’ve seen in the parade and I ain’t kidding!
Anyone who loves lions will be proud to display these and anyone who knows anything about lions will want to know where you got it. If you are tight for space this is the perfect solution. They look great in the pictures (just a small sample of what choices you can customize) and even better when you see them up close! I like that Black Fut San style head in the middle but will get it multi-colored with more gold, red & green like our Golden Shadows lion.
Golden Shadows Performing Arts Troupe
P.S. I am not being paid to promote these lions!
I HAVE RECEIVED THE [MINI] LION HEAD. It is majestic—I love it! Thank you for your help, dude. I might be buying another one next year to start a lion dance collection.
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING at the drum and are just amazed by the detailed artwork. I just love the color! We can’t thank you enough for our one-of-a-kind artwork.
Thanks so much for the time and effort you have put in with me to help me get the lion I’ve wanted for 28 years.
Your patience has been outstanding and you’ve done more than the expected in a customer service sense. Plus, you were always happy to have just a general chat which, again, was probably more great customer service than most would expect or receive.
The lion itself is spectacular—it’s a BEAST! I’m quite exhilarated with what I’ve got and I’ll always remember opening the box to see my Zhang Fei for the first time. I really could not have asked for more from the lion builder, yourself Corey, and OCLS. Many thanks and I hope to return someday.
thanks for being so conscientious! of course you may forward pictures of your lion. it is your product! the pink lion is in [our daugher’s] bedroom. we look at it every day.
akiko yamazaki & jerry yang
I RECEIVED THE MINIATURE DRUM. Thank you so much—it’s gorgeous! Much better quality than the real drum I just purchased from some other company recently. I was wondering how big the miniature lion heads are, and by any chance is it possible to have a custom color?
Once again, thank you soooo much! Looking forward to doing more business with you soon.
YOUR PACKAGE MADE IT to my doorsteps today! Wow…WOW…WOW!!! They are the best lion dance accessories I’ve ever had! I love the lion head mini! It is so exquisite! I showed it to my 4 year-old son (who by the way is also captivated by lion dancing) and he loved it too—the first words from his mouth were, “Cooooolll!” You know, I haven’t had this nice, fussy, goosebump feeling in a long time—somehow, just saying that makes me feel so good inside.
And then there are the drumsticks! You sure know how to hit me at my weak spot! I am a lion dancer but at the heart, I am a drummer! My heart sank once I unwrapped the drumsticks! Especially noticing that you HAND DRAWN the dragon motif on it! It’s better then anything I’ve ever wanted from a pair of drum sticks!!! Thanks for remembering my story about dreaming of the perfect pair of drum sticks!!!
I don’t know what to say guys… these are wonderful. They are the most sentemental items I’ve ever had. I’m just floored to the core by your friendship. Thank you for touching my heart. I will treasure these—always!
Federal Way, WA
MY ENTIRE FAMILY has finally seen the restoration of our family lion head and all were in complete awe!
In 2009 I’ll recap our emotions to your for you to share. In the meantime, have a nice holiday and a fulfilling 2009!
San Francisco, CA
THE LION IS INCREDIBLE!!! Thank you sooooo much!!!
I love the dragons and the couplet on the back of the head. And the tongue. And all the detail in it. The red, blue, and gold dots on the pom poms were a really great touch—I had to laugh. I never would have thought of that! It is soooooooo awesome! Man oh man oh man!
I love the whole design and how you thought it through with the black and gold, and the couplet matching not just our name, but the spirit of how we got our name. I’ve been teaching everyday and have been telling everybody about the couplet. I can’t imagine how long it must have taken to compose that. I love it. I’m going to add it to our website.
I am just amazed. I can’t wait to play in the lion—thank you so much!!!
One really really really happy guy,
Chris Yau Choy Young
Gong Lung Sing Si Deui
THE LIU BEI LION IS STUNNING to look at. Right away we noticed that this is something special. All three Hok San lions are very distinguished-looking. They are beautiful and striking in the sense of how they command your attention.
The tails are really something to behold. The quality of materials and colors are of quality we had not come across before, and we’ve bought a lot of lions. The rich look of the fabrics makes for a regal appearance. My overall impression was that whoever designed/crafted these pieces is someone possessing very high esteem, which they absolutely must convey through their work. We will proudly perform with these lions in our community.
Thanks again and please pass along our thanks to the craftsmen who brought this concept to life.
Sifu Rahim Muhammad
Hung Tao Choy Mei
HI, I JUST WANTED to let you know that I received the drumsticks [Welton Wong’s] today and they are beautiful.
Thanks a lot,
I RECEIVED THE DRUMSTICKS today [said of Welton Wong’s custom drumsticks]. They look great! They feel great! I tried them out and they’re just great! Happy New Year!
I WAS ONLY EXPECTING a simple gong stick that could get used and abused, but there’s something that happens when your name gets carved into it that transforms it into a prized possession. Didn’t even know you knew the character! Very unexpected surprise and highly appreciated!
Thanks man, you rock the house!
Chris Low (repeat client)
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HEY, HAPPY HOLIDAYS GUYS!!! I just love the lion—
especially at Christmas—I finally [after two tries with other companies] got what I wanted!!! Merry Christmas and a happy Year of the Rat to you all.
I HAVEN’T THE WORDS to write to you. I can only convey my deepest thanks. I will learn the [translation of the Hung Fut] poem and spread it on. Thank you so much!
Just wanted to tell you guys that I received the lion. It is all very much worth the wait. I am very happy with it. Thanks for all your hard work!
Sifu Charles Rivera
MY LION CAME IN TODAY—BEAUTIFUL JOB! I notice some differences from the (name withheld) lion, so I can call it one-of-a-kind!
I had the guys come over last night after a performance and they thought it was refreshing to see something different rather than those cookie cutter lions. The girls like the multicolor embroidered tail. The more I looked at our new lion, the more nostalgic I felt. I haven’t seen a (brand new) lion like this since the late 70s early 80s—reminds me of the old Lo On Kee lions we used to order.
Thanks for all your effort in making our new lion. We will display it proudly at our CNY parades this coming year. I am sure the old members are going to ask about it. Can’t wait to finally meet you in person and talk shop…
Monterey Park, USA
THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH for the excellent advice. I’ll take some pics for you and let you know how things are going! My past solutions haven’t been all that great, but what you said should really help.
I’m very grateful for all of your advice!
THE HEART IS GREAT. Everyone here is very excited about how great it turned out, and how sturdy it is. We are also very impressed with the gold crown you created, the painted designs and the decorations are all beautiful. The agency is really impressed with your work, and we would love to continue working with you on future projects as well. Thanks again Corey and Jeff!
I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW GORGEOUS my new lion is! When I opened the box I felt like I was 5 years old again, opening my presents on Christmas morning. Once I saw the lion I was amazed. I could tell from the first look that this is the type of work expected from a Sifu who has great skill with this type of craft. The colors and details took my breath away. When I first lifted my head and gave it a couple of shakes, I could feel that this head was one of the strongest heads I’ve felt in a long time. I know that the first time I take it out to a performance this lion will stand out and become the center of attention. I’m like a little kid now, and all I want to do is play with my new toy! I know this is something I will take great care of so that my future kids and grand kids will be able to enjoy its beauty. I can’t thank you enough for helping me acquire this one-of-a-kind lion, which I never would have been able to obtain on my own.
I LOOKED AT EVERY SINGLE PHOTO and I’m in awe! It’s a really nice design. I can’t wait to keep checking this album, the finished product is sure to be breathtaking! Thanks so much for sharing this! I’m inspired all the more to fix ours now!
Keep up the good work, this album is now my favorite site!
WE ARE BACK from our honeymoon—the scroll you made was excellent! You did a first class job, thanks! We love it. Now we just need to find a place to hang it. My wife would like to have it hanging over our bed. What do you think?
OUR MALAYSIAN LION USED TO BE NUMBER #1 in our “show-off” inventory. It has been replaced by the mystical turtle horn lion. When my eagle horn lion comes home, it will make a wonderful pair that I can really show off to the other clubs. Our mystical turtle horn lion danced at a shopping center along with lions from the other five lion groups—ten lions that day. Boy, you should see the looks we got when the other guys saw it! They had to come closer to take a second look to see what the heck was on top of our lion’s head. No questions asked, but they all looked puzzled trying to figure out what kind of lion we brought. Ha, one up on them again!!! Thanks to you!
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWW! Corey, those lions are GORGEOUSSSSSSSS—I’m super stoked!!! The boys fell in love with them, and I heard we’re going to order more. You ROCK!!!
GOT A PACKAGE IN THE MAIL today and couldn’t wait to open it up! Beard was folded and put into a plastic bag—all good. Eyes are in good shape. And now for the main items, the pompoms! Very ingenious the way he shipped them. I had a big grin on my face, knowing I had them finally. No complaints at all about the transaction.
I love the colors—very deep, yet vibrant. And plenty of pompoms to go around. Yes, I’m very happy with you helping me out. If I ever get the gumption to undertake another lion, there’s definitely going to be some repeat business coming your way.
How can I possibly sleep tonight knowing what fun awaits me this weekend?
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