shanghai carpentry impressions 2

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shanghai carpentry impressions 2

Mon Nov 21, 2011 3:16 am

A traditional complex inside the Botanaical Garden of Shanghai. Very interesting place, here I spend a couple of hours looking at all the details.
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And the open roof structure...
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I must say I was amazed by the choice of the material. Which I think was rather low for such a building complex. I think they where originally planing to paint it all vermiljon as they often do, but then decided to varnish everything with some poly-urethane lacquer.
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Re: shanghai carpentry impressions 2

Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:56 am

Yes, you're right, the material quality is not the best, and that poly-urethane is winning me over either. The scribing work looks clean, and it appears the hips are in sections (?)
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Re: shanghai carpentry impressions 2

Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:28 am

Yes, indeed those hips are in sections. I thought this was the most interesting structure I have seen so far, I liked it a lot.
Using the round timbers and scribing methodes eliminates a lot of the layout challenges involved using square timbers. It is not always obvious how they do certain things and I often have to withhold myself from climbing on top of structures or crawling under tables in museums to see how things are made.
Now that I am in China my appreciation for traditional Chinese carpentry is growing. I hope I get the chance to meet some carpenters as well.

Appreciation comes with understanding and ignorance leads to aversion.
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