Drivel Starved Nation-
My latest trip to China was my favorite to date. When you are on an informative trip, fun is easy to find. When the weather is perfect, trips like this become magical.
The highlight for me was the gift Mr. Yang, the Hong Mu Master presented to me. It is a sample of the joinery used in his masterpiece pictured below;
As explained by Mr. Yang, his students are not allowed to build a chair until this joint is mastered;
Incredibly, mastering this joint can take up to a year. The rosewood supply he has is finite, so there is no tolerance for waste when it comes time to make a chair. And because there is no finish, the joints need to be perfect to become invisible. It truly is an amazing display of craftsmanship. The joint itself (I wish I would have asked if it had a name) is a thousand years old I am told.
Here is a short video by Academy Award Winning Cinematographer Wanna Be Consuelo;
Each chair arm has 6-8 of these joints. They are incredibly strong and could be completely functional without adhesive… they are that strong.
Pretty cool yes/no?