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Wood - the Symbolism of OGP

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Jun 22, 2016

The exquisite woodworking techniques - the carving, the solid joint structures, and the beautiful copper embellishments - all carry the spirit of its artist.

Woodworking is one of the finest and oldest skills belonging to mankind. It requires vast knowledge: from the selection of woods and the designing process, to the various techniques that help shape the raw wood into its final form - cabins, furniture, accessories... Woodworking skills has been developed through eras, and is an invaluable legacy for future generations. Every piece of woodwork tells a different story.

Collectibles from OGP include various woodworks - beautiful pieces of artistry.

The phoebe nanmu(1*), also known as the gold phoebe, is an endangered species of wood. It is captivating with its refreshing aroma, and brings tranquility to its owners through being cool in the summer and warm during winter. The quality is durable and is can be preserved for an extended period of time. Even in ancient times, the phoebe nanmu has been known for its resistance against water and ants. Throughout history, the phoebe nanmu has been exclusively reserved for use in building the royal palaces, temples, and their furnitures, including the royal seat of the emperor.

The exquisite woodworking techniques - the carving, the solid joint structures, and the beautiful copper embellishments - all carry the spirit of its artist. The carpenters use the skills learned from their ancestors to engrave hope and aspirations in their work. Traditional woodworking involves structural precision, different pieces are joined together without a single nail. This was developed to maintain the “law of nature” - the intrinsic yin and yang, as well as the “balance” stated by Taoism - all meant to imply the harmonious interaction between mankind and nature. During the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period, copper embellishments(2*) was seen to be incorporated in various furniture to add a touch of brightness. The embellishments helped produce furnitures that were more eye-catching and more artistic in a way. The final woodworks are given life through the fine detailing, but nevertheless go unnoticed if people do not know about the background stories or learn to enjoy the artistry.

The growth of wood requires water. As the saying states, “The highest goodness is like water; the superior man who has breadth of character carries the outer world.”(3*) OGP is like water, having the capacity to hold the countless unimaginable things. We envision the preservation of history and culture that have been lost over time - the knowledge, the artistry, the creations, the talent - of not only woodworking, by providing a stage for them to be shared with the world. We provide resources - the water - to our members to help them acquire their needs: knowledge, networks, wealth...

1* Phoebe Zhennan is a large species of tree up to 30 metres tall in the Lauraceae family. Zhennan was originally a Chinese word that related to its Chinese name 楠 (Nan). The species is under second-class national protection in China.
2* Classic and traditional-style wooden furnitures, such as those made from the phoebe nanmu, red sandalwood, and huanghuali, were all created using the techniques inherited from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Every piece is top-quality and handmade.
3* The water is formless - it can be shaped into any form, any shape, any size; it also has the capacity to hold infinity. One must act like the water towards another, to be tolerant and forgiving to other people, and use that knowledge and experience to become wiser.

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