enthusiasts - whether professional or amateur - a little helping hand with all manner of needs related to this fascinating, challenging and rewarding art. We can provide the timber and tools that you need for successful wood carving, many of them sourced from far-flung corners of the world.
It is such a far-flung corner to which we head for this news article, or more specifically, China. If you find yourself in east Beijing any time soon, be sure to check out the amazing museum there dedicated to the
most luxurious form of wood carving of all: red sandalwood. The China Red Sandalwood Museum serves up many masterpieces in this type of wood, depicting various symbols of the country's culture.
If you want to
discover a bit of the cultural heritage of China at the same time as learning a thing or two about wood carving, this institution is therefore a very satisfying use of your time. You'll find no private museum offering
such an astonishingly in-depth collection of red sandalwood and furniture anywhere else in China. The building boasts some five storeys, with even its gate being an amazing wooden structure, built with traditional
techniques according to the advice of experts from the city's Palace Museum.
Inside, there remains much to enthral British wood carving practitioners, such as a faithfully reproduced replica of the throne of the Qing
Dynasty emperors. Made entirely from red sandalwood and with a covering of gold foil, the original can be found in the Palace Museum. You'll also find a reconstruction of the kind of bedroom designed for the wedding
days of nobles, no nails or glue being present due to the way the various furniture components seamlessly fit together.
The museum was founded by multibillionaire Mrs Chen Laiwa, who was ranked as China's second
richest woman in 2013. $32 million (£19 million) of her $6 billion (£3.6 billion) fortune was invested into the institution's foundation, and as far as the collection is concerned, Chen cites particular pride over the
red sandalwood version of the Yongding Gate. The original gate may have been demolished in 1957, but this version has certainly won many admirers.
Perhaps the museum's crowning glory, however, is a massive 10-ton
wood carving recreation of the Temple of Heaven's Hall of Good Harvest. It can be found on the top floor, and is almost worth the institution's 50 RMB (£4.76) entry charge all by itself. In short, don't overlook this
fine foreign attraction when you're considering where to go on holiday as an avid wood carver and customer of The ToolPost.