How to avoid cracking and splitting in Chinese solid wood furniture

A-cracked-panel How to avoid cracking and splitting in Chinese solid wood furniture

“Is that a crack?” About once a week, I am asked this question. Some of the times, its about furniture which has been purchased elsewhere. Other times its about our own furniture. It might have been custom made or simply the customer purchased it from from a moving sale.  Some pieces might have traveled the […]

Buying exotic hardwoods in Beijing: A visit to the Dong Ba Timber Market

hardwood_timber_in_china Buying exotic hardwoods in Beijing: A visit to the Dong Ba Timber Market

The Chinese have always prized hardwoods for their dense grain, durability and rich color. But with Beijing being located in the north of China, one must wonder where all those tropical hardwoods being made into classical Chinese furniture today come from? Well, in most cases the answer is the Dong Ba Timber Market or “Dōngbà  […]

Restoring a Chinese mahjong table with a bit of pyrotechnics!

change_color_of_wood-2 Restoring a Chinese mahjong table with a bit of pyrotechnics!

I get so backed up with blog posts, because there is so many interesting and fascinating things to see and talk about. And being detailed oriented, I really want to spend the time to talk about each item in detail, the history behind it, where it comes from and all the other details that make […]

Trend Guide: Rustic furniture made from reclaimed elm and other salvaged woods

dsci0052 Trend Guide: Rustic furniture made from reclaimed elm and other salvaged woods

Reclaimed & salvaged materials are environmentally friendly in that there are no new trees cut down to make the piece. Sources of wood may be old railroad ties, beams from old houses that have been demolished or even old doors. Old elm tends to be a favorite as Elm in fairly common in China.

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