All metal fittings (handles, hinges)
are made by using hand techniques such as forging
and cold-working with the traditional designs. Joinery
is hand cut using hand tools (pull saws and chisels,
etc.) Machining is only employed at the start of
a piece and only acts to facilitate the areas which
during the 'Golden Age', would have been done by
specialists (eg. sawyers) or apprentices. All detailing
and finishing is executed by hand.Chinese architectural
principles have always emphasised the economical
use of precious woods and this is always a priority
when selecting materials for the designs to bring
out the best features.
The overall creation should not only appeal aesthetically
but it should last the life of the wood.