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