Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Chinese Connection, Part II (II)

Heh-  a part 2 of a part 2. There was no part 1, and maybe there will be a part 3 of a part 2, too! Hopefully I'll be able to muddle through somehow. I continue a look at Chinese timber frame detailing from the golden era of traditional Chinese carpentry.

Carving.

Many temples and upper class homes feature extensive carving. I present a few examples, the pictures largely speaking for themselves:





The following shots are from a Ming-era house in Taiwan, the Lin An Tai Ancestral House (林安泰古厝):


I love the carving of the bird on the right of this picture especially:


Awesome decorative pendants on the hanging posts:


I imagine that the bottle neck struts in this roof structure could only be attached by being slid onto the beam sideways:


No expense was spared on this house:




I've never seen a carved 'shrimp' beam in the form of a zither - beautiful!:


The bright red eave ceiling paneling is also very nice.

Another structure, and one needing some work, but it must have been really stunning at one time:



The roof edge is a bit thin, but I could live with it:



A few 'simple' carved panels:



And another pendant:


Next time, we'll look at Chinese temple ceilings. Thanks for coming by the Carpentry Way and comments are always welcome.

4 comments:

  1. Wow. I can't imagine how much those would stand out in the middle of a regular suburb. Those bottle neck struts are my favourite, though. Something so amazing about the mindset required to plan a building around it.

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  2. Shaun,

    I would be quite happy to see subdivisions with such detailing, regardless of how culturally inappropriate it might be. Even to see a home with 1/100th the level of detailing done in a Western manner would be awfully nice...

    Thanks for your comment!

    ~C

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  3. Truly virtuosic craftsmanship here - literally a feast for the eyes.

    Thanks for sharing Chris.

    Derek

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  4. Derek,

    good to hear from you! More feasting on the way...

    ~C

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