This past January my husband and I went on a trip to Thailand. What an experience we had. We saw much that I could write about, but I am going to limit this article to telling you about a tour we took of a teak furniture company.
I had no idea what to expect and I wasn’t particularly interested in going on this tour. I was happily surprised. The furniture company was set up with a show room, an outdoor patio, a paper making area, a wood working area where the workers made the furniture, and a gift shop. Tourists were allowed to go through all areas.
I have seen some intricate wood carvings but have never really been that impressed with them. I assumed the carvings were done by machines. I suppose some were. But the furniture and carvings I saw in Thailand were being created right in front of me with very simple hand tools.
One man sat on the floor carving an elephant from a huge piece of wood. A woman was carving designs in cabinet doors. Another worker sat on the floor transferring a drawing on a very large slab of teak. He traced a drawing over graphite paper. Further down the same slab of wood another worker carved out parts of the drawing. The flat slab of wood transformed into a beautiful three dimensional sculpture.
Life size wooden elephants inhabited the patio. There were males, females and babies. The carvings were unbelievable. I wanted one.
The showroom was filled with giant pieces of dining room sets, spirit houses, Buddha statues, benches, cabinets, rocking chairs, elephants and more. I sat in some of the pieces. They were comfortable but too large for the normal sized home. This furniture would need a palatial place to reside.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the beautiful wood creations made by the Thai people. My husband even bought a set of wood carving tools. The tools are made of teak with metal blades. He may try his hand at making some wood creations of his own. I might even give it a try.