After the treasure hunt in the Baibao river which offers a upstream trekking and bicycle trail, we headed to a do-it-yourself jade store in Shoufeng village which was one of the Japanese immigrant model villages around 1920. In 1960's, it produced massive jade products that were sold worldwide. But, the jade value dropped and the business died down because of social changes.
|Common specie of spider in Taiwan|
It was between two rails of a bridge on the way back to the main
highway from the riverside of the road. It was a good close up
shooting spot for taking this picture.
This was the workshop. The numbers were the indicators for
how many processing steps have to go through and where to
start the process for making your own jade.
|Some people didn't have time or were not interested to making |
their own. They could buy directly from the owner.
|The jade was cut into small pieces for visitors |
to choose. It was a problem for choosing a piece
of jade because each piece looked good to us.
|The elder master inspected the stone at each|
step and explained how to meet the requirement.
I had to translate and communicate with both.
It was not an easy job.
|The store manager took over the job and |
showed us how to make it.
|My sister-in-law watched as the elder master show her the correct technic.|
|The manager demonstrated again. Fortunately,|
she only had two customers who occupied much
of her time. I wondered if she had a lot of customers
how she handle them?
|She took care of the final step, a fine polishing step which made the|
stone more shining and smooth.
|Choosing a Chinese knot necklace to match the jade pendant|
|The final processing: tied the jade pendant with the Chinese knot|
|The final result|
You also can bring your own stone.