One of the things that I like to do if I have to go into Chiang Mai and if I have time to spare, is to rummage around in antique markets and junk shops!
Last week I found a small, dilapidated wooden shed that seemed, at first glance, to be selling aged wood from traditional Thai houses. On closer inspection, once I had parked the truck, I noticed with surprise that much of this old wood was, in fact, ornamental and that there were even some from Temples! What a find! So much interesting wood in furniture, carvings, beams and so on but after much deliberation I settled on part of a battered and broken carved wooden fascia. I was told it probably came from a Temple outbuilding. It was faded gold, broken and twisted…what a challenge! So with much painstaking work repairing, sanding and supplementing the wood and then bringing it back to its’ former golden glory it is finished! We have all decided that it will look fantastic in the new Sunset Room and we have the ideal place to hang it! I also found two stunning carved wooden tables…but that’s another story!