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    carving Thai scenes on teak wood

    Last January, while in Chaing Mai, I visited with a Thai that supplys me with teak furniture to sell in the U.S. He had acquired a large (3 feet by 6 feet) teak carving from someone in his families village. I paid him 55,000 baht for it. It was a carving of Thai forest, with trees, rivers and elephants and what looked like a large house/castle and Thai soldiers from several hundred years ago fighting. While he had it and was cleaning it, he was visited by the police. They claimed that it was stolen and had to be returned to proper owner. He did return my money but I've been on the lookout since for something comparable. I've seen 2 or 3 others but the carved scenes didn't interest me or they were too expensive (120,000 baht). When I was visiting the first teak house that I bought to have torn down for the teak, we stoped at a resturant where all the tables were made out of teak, with long, thick tops. It turns out that he had two teak pieces, about 5 and 1/2 inches thick and 3 feet wide and 7-8 feet long. I bought both for 80,000 bath delivered. Since then, my Thai friend found an artist that does this type of carving for a living. I approved a drawing that approximates the first carving that I had bought. It will take him 3 months to finish and the cost is 30,000 baht. I have not decided what the scene will be on the second carving as of yet and any suggestions would be appreciated. Both will hang in my new house and pictures will, of course, be put here when finished.

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    ^ sounds good, just be careful that they dont make ur place look like a hotel foyer! lol

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    The house is two stories, so I'd imagine that I'd put one on each floor. I hadn't thought of seeing them in hotel lobbys but I'll try to find a spot away from the front door. I figure if I don't like it after a year or two, I'll ship them to the U.S. to sell.

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    tell u what i'll give ya 5 bucks if you pay the postage for me....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean
    It turns out that he had two teak pieces, about 5 and 1/2 inches thick and 3 feet wide and 7-8 feet long. I bought both for 80,000 bath delivered.
    It would workout cheaper to buy up old tables and take the legs off.

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    Why didn't I think of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean
    Why didn't I think of that!
    Because you're not a penny pinching old skinflint like wot I is.

    I know someone who has a bed of solid teak
    4 foot x 7 foot x 4 inches thick

    I bet he would jump at 15k

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    Actually, I did think of another use of the second piece of teak. If I decide I don't like the first carving (unlikely), this would be about the time that I need to buy teak threads for my two sets of steps (inside and outside). Using the second piece of teak, they could be an expensive set of steps.

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    Thais don't usually use teak for stair treads.

    You need something harder like Mai Dang

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    I saw a huge pile of old railway sleepers the other day. They're teak aren't they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Thais don't usually use teak for stair treads.

    You need something harder like Mai Dang
    Is mai dang good to carve? Does it weather well and not warp?
    Mai dang is used for railroad cross ties.
    Last edited by king of uranus; 14-08-2006 at 06:10 AM.

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    The reason that the carvings are expensive is that they are made out of one solid piece of wood. If you cobble together several pieces it may look nice but will never be worth much.
    Same goes for the tables.

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