The Qing Dynasty was a bit of a Golden Age for China. With an increasingly gradually stable regime and prosperous economic development, the architectural culture of the Qing dynasty embarked on large-size and ambitious construction projects. Over a few hundred years, techniques continued to improve, strengthening building specifications.
Timberworks were still the major architectural structures in the Qing dynasty, and masonries were supplementary. Improved building techniques, crafts, and trade technologies also meant that the architectural works of the era benefitted from the best materials. Said another way, the wood from this time period was exceptional.
Our contemporary dining table is made from wood reclaimed from Qing-dynasty architecture. Clean lines are augmented by naturally formed knots, splits, grooves, and color variation from these 18th-century elmwood timbers.
Tables like these are timeless and will last for generations. Heck, the timbers already have.
With appreciation,
August 10, 2021 — Kai Hansen