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Roadside Timber

The road between Den Chai and Lampung (highway 11) heading into or out of Chiang Mai has a number of good quality woodworking shops and they are worth a visit even if you don’t have the space in your luggage for what they have to sell 🤣 If money is not a problem they will ship to wherever you are.

This place specialised in the more chunky, natural furniture but others had more refined furniture.

Haven’t they captured the movement well.

I would be happy with this one. Entrance to the farm do you think?

Last time we were here over four years ago this guy’s brother on the right had been sold and is now a resident of Germany. Evidently he has lighting inside.

Another place. This one had some drop dead beautiful pieces inside. The owner was a retired cop, complete with his service Smith & Western gun, which he dug out of his shoulder bag. Very friendly. Several items heading off to the US and other places overseas.

And here’s the result being loaded up. He wanted 3,500 baht, but Gaun sweet mouthed him and said that I was a farang with not much money, listed all the things I had to spend money on recently, insurance, Peng etc and in a master stroke she called him Nong, which in Thai is what you do to someone younger than you. Seeing he had twenty years on Gaun I thought that was a brave move but we got the wheel for 2,500 baht. Thank you Gaun.

There were wheels in better condition that were 80 years old but I loved this one. He tells me that it is very much older than the others and originated from Ayutthaya, once the capital of Siam. Whether it did or not, it’s the story I shall pass onto anyone visiting.

Yes, I do work sometimes. Sanding back the wheel a couple of days ago back home.

Before and after with a bit of water. It weighs a ton.

And by the evening fully sanded and in place. It has still to get a couple of coats of anti-termite and a varnish to bring out the colours (water doing the job here).

And today….stained and landscaped.

GPS coords.

The GPS above is that of a temple in the same area as these timber shops.

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  1. Jim Busby

    Very rustic, almost primitive furniture, but beautiful. The horses look they are trotting off the property to somewhere unknown. Gaun is a little “too” crafty a negotiator in my opinion, but saved you a bundle. The wheel looks nice in the garden in front of the bromeliads.


    • Tony in Thailand

      We can buy that sort of rough furniture here but it’s not my thing. I do prefer the more refined furniture, which is a shame because it costs a lot more. I had a reader contact me wanting the details of location because he may pick up a horse when he visits Thailand later in the year. Gaun is a bit crafty, but in a fun and playful way. Many Thai ladies won’t go in to bat for their farang, but Gaun is never shy. I never pay farang prices and Gaun very often asks for a discount and often gets it. Such a delight in so many ways.

      I love the wheel. It really looks settled in that location. Happy to be involved an life again.

      Cheers Jim.

  2. Jon

    Hi Tony,

    You found that wagon wheel but still not at the price you expected, I assume. It is a great place to spend an hour or so to break up the drive. We have been twice but no spend. One day we would like to make it a truck load, that is for the furniture return trip and the Cash required to facilitate.

    Best wishes to all your team, keep well.


    • Tony in Thailand

      I was offered two for 6,000 baht in Si Bun Ruang. This one had more character I thought. I know of two more in Udon Thani and might check them out next week. I enjoyed the wander around but most of the items are outside my budget. The reality is that I have nowhere to put anything too large, even if I had the money! I still enjoy the visual feast and the ‘what-ifs’ though 🙂 As a result of that post there’s an Aussie who might pick up one of those horses when he visits later this year. Who knows.

      Cheers mate.

  3. Adrian Martin

    Hi Tony.

    This is all an evil plot to make me feel bad about leaving Thailand!! But I love the photos, both of the Wat in an earlier mail and the timber ones.

    BTW as you’re Aussie, you know that you don’t go around calling people ‘nong’! haha

    Sadly, my return to Oz was confirmed by a cardiac specialist a few days ago. Maybe when it’s all sorted out, hopefully I can stage a return act!! (but can’t afford to retire there!!)

    All the best.


    • Tony in Thailand

      My apologies Adrian. I will have to come up with some bad news posts to help you settle back into Australian life! We enjoyed our time in your previous home city. A mix of activities including catching up with two readers of the blog one for dinner and one lunch.

      I hadn’t thought of the Aussie use of ‘nong’ 🙂 I have been here too long!

      I hope that your health situation is under control and life returns to normal soon. Let me know how you go – you have my personal email. It reminds me that I have been slack and haven’t replied to your last correspondence, which I will do. My apologies for that. Normally I get back reasonably quickly.

      Keep that return for a visit thought and maybe we’ll see you sometime in the future.

      All the very best.



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