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Longyanmu

Longyan wood, commonly referred to as ‘dragon’s eye’ wood, is a distinctive type of hardwood native to China, most commonly found in the Fujian province. Named for the fruit of the tree that resembles an eyeball, Longyanmu is well-regarded for its golden yellow tones and strongly rippled grain.

The intricate formation of this wood, characterised by networks of interlocked grains, makes it challenging to manipulate, particularly for large-scale works. As a result, this unique timber has traditionally been employed in the creation of smaller items of furniture and desk objects, where its natural beauty can be appreciated in detail.

Despite the challenges of working with Longyanmu, it remains a cherished material in the world of decorative arts and furniture. It brings an unmatched, naturally warm aesthetic to the pieces it forms, making objects crafted from it highly sought-after by both connoisseurs and collectors of Chinese art and furniture.

However, due to over-harvesting, Longyanmu has become scarce, and furniture made from this wood has become even more valuable and sought after. Today, the use of Longyanmu is controlled to prevent further depletion of this precious resource.

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