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Asian Woodworking #1: Luk Yu Teahouse

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Blog entry by JRL posted 1115 days ago 2753 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 Chinese joinery is concerned. It was about the time of this visit that I began to realize ancient Chinese joinery—of course, all by hand—far surpasses most contemporary handwork, Eastern or otherwise. The art may have been snuffed out completely in the Cultural Revolution, but more likely technological advances made handwork obsolete long before that. It’s a shame.

Having said all that, I cannot verify whether these pictures are handworked wood—I am thinking they are.
The chair pictured here is very heavy—must be some seriously dense wood. The joinery was done so well that not one of the chairs at our table showed evidence of stress. No steel fasteners that I could see. Hope to show many more photos of Chinese craft in months to come.

-- Jay in Changsha



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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#1 posted 1115 days ago

You know you are a woodworker when you go to a foreign country and the woodwork gets top attention.
Beautiful and outstanding work.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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bound

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#2 posted 1115 days ago

I really enjoy your Asian Woodworking series. Do you have any pictures of the screen on the swinging “saloon” doors? I would be curious how that was achieved. Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work!

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JRL

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#3 posted 1115 days ago

Bound,
The only thing I recall (sorry, no other pix) was that these screens were solid brass. As you can see, this is brass ribbon as opposed to wire screen. Beautiful work, isn’t it.
Jay

-- Jay in Changsha

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JRL

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#4 posted 1115 days ago

Bound,
The only thing I recall (sorry, no other pix) was that these screens were solid brass. As you can see, this is brass ribbon as opposed to wire screen. Beautiful work, isn’t it.
Jay

-- Jay in Changsha

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