Once I got into an “This is only an experiment” approach to woodworking, I broke through some kind of barrier and started having fun. Besides, much of the wood I’ve been working with was either given to me or bought at a very rea...
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Location: Changsha, China
I've been teaching English in China since 1991. Got married to a beautiful Chinese woman in 1999 and we currently reside in Changsha of Hunan Province.
Over the past 10 years woodworking here has been a rewarding and sometimes frustrating endeavor. You know--needing such and such a tool, but it exists only on the other side of the planet. Postage is a killer. Improvise.
Eventually hope to get some photos of things I've made onto LJs. Would also like to get photos of Asian woodworking posted as well.
I am not computer savvy so it will be a while.
Have really admired the high skills work on display at LJs.
-- Jay in Changsha
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There had to have been some excellence in toolmaking in China’s imperial era. We can judge by the 2000 year old museum furniture—still in perfect condition—that hand craftsmanship was once as close to perfection as it can get. We...
While touring Indonesia, we came upon these finely carved posts which were mortised for the framework of a new home. The diligence and patience to produce these trim pieces for soffits tells me a lot about the character of these craftsmen. The pan...
Just couldn’t believe what was being used for roadside vendor tables in Bali—6 to 8 inch beautiful slab tables! That would make for a dream workbench. Anyway, here are pictures of carvers, their wares and tools, at various points...
Please, no jokes about the name of this historic Hong Kong teahouse. I’m sure they could make a few cracks about how some English words come across in Cantonese, so why go there. The LY Teahouse was a real eye-opener to me as far as Chine...