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Chinese Antique Furniture Video #8 Woods – Elm

Chinese Antique Furniture Video #8 Woods – Elm

[music]>>>John: Hi I’m John.>>>Yuqing: I’m Yuqing.>>>John: And we’re here today in our continuing
series of videos about Chinese furniture. And today we’re going to be talking about
the woods that are used. We need to kind of think about Chinese history just a little
bit in considering the woods. The Ming era which was a long, long time ago used two predominant
woods for good furniture — usually known as Chinese Classical furniture. And that can
be found today in museums throughout the world. Those two woods are zitan which is a very
dark colored wood almost the same color as the dark walnut, and huanghuali which is naturally
a much blonder colored wood about the color of American maple. But that furniture which
is now prohibited appropriately from export by the Chinese government was never used by
the everyday Chinese people. Those people used furniture made from different woods and
Yuqing is here to tell us about the kinds of woods that are most frequently found in
the countryside or in as we might call it Chinese country or vernacular furniture.>>>Yuqing: Yes, now what we can find from
ordinary Chinese households in the countryside are the woods that are elm and poplar and
cypress. These are the furniture we can find in China basically not huanghuali. And elm
is used most often it’s like 70% of people use elm wood or elm combination. This is a
very typical piece of furniture that’s made out of elm wood. Let’s take a close look at
this top. And this is elm wood, when we take a first look at it we already know because
this is very clear wood grain. This elm wood looks similar to American oak but nicer grain
I would say a similar heartiness. John will say some more about in the detail of how to
tell this is elm.>>>John: Depending upon how this wood is
planed at the top, you’re going to be able to see what looks like a series of mountain
tops juxtaposed on each other. That is a very classical way of identifying elm. If you look
at the side piece the grain still is very predominant but is much straighter along it
just depends upon how that wood has been cut. But you can still see the individual strands
of grain as you look through it.>>>Yuqing: It still takes longer – you need
to see more than one pieces to know what elm wood looks like.>>>John: Yes, okay. So now we’ve spent a
fair amount of time on elm and in our next videos we’re going to talk about the other
woods that you’re going to find most frequently in Chinese country furniture. Thanks so much
for watching.>>>Yuqing: Thank you.

3 comments on “Chinese Antique Furniture Video #8 Woods – Elm

  1. I saw your video on YouTube.
    I'm interested.
    A rosewood trade for other Chinese companies are currently doing.
    In addition there are factory that produce more of my designs made of elm wood as a material in the past.
    However, there is a quality problem.
    I want to consult with you. Please reply by e-mail from.

    [email protected]
    Ahn tokpong
    Gold Crown Trading Company

  2. I grew up in Arizona a weird kid always fascinated with Chinese art used to pore over books about it in the library at lunch time in junior high and high school no reason other than it's superior styles and unique qualities also loved chinese flower arranging but I had not thought about the lovely furniture Thank you

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