Re: Building 72' schooner in Viet Nam
I don't have pictures here, but I had a dining room set made for my mother while I was in Lopburi. The old man that came every morning walked 5 miles from his home to work. I had a picture from a magazine. We had rosewood, so I started by roughing out the planks and joining them to make the table top, then the skirt, then the legs. It had two removable leaves. After the basic work was done, he took over the carving and I and another young man started working on the chairs. We had to be careful of the grain, as he was going to do some light carving on the chairs also. When finished , it was absolutely beautiful. Three months after shipping it arrived at mom's place and the grandkids (hers) assembled it......she almost didn't let anyone eat from the table.but...she did have a large glass cover made for it.
It cost me about $300 for the material and labor, and almost the same to ship it. 3-4 months after it arrived, a fellow that bought material from my mother and aunt was in the house and saw the table. He asked if it was for sale, and mom asked how much, he offerred her about $6000 for it....she just laughed.
She had seen a similar one at one of the really high end furniture places and they wanted $15,000 for it....as a matter of fact, it was photos from there that I used to make hers, and we're talking late 1960's prices. Those elderly Chinese carvers are really damned fine craftsmen. The local offshore fishermen boat builders here locally have two of them employed in Deale, Md. and the guy said he would hire a dozen more if he could get them.
Wakan Tanka Kici Un
..a bad day sailing is a heckuva lot better than the best day at work.....
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