The Mystique of Teak Wood

          Teak wood trees grow in the northern part of Thailand.  It is a prized hardwood because it is relatively easy to carve, cut and finish.  The wood is loaded with special oils that resist termites, rot and fungi.  Teak trees also absorb small amounts of silica, gold and other minerals from the soil as they grow, making the wood even more long lasting. 


            Teak wood has been cut and carved into everything from houses to earrings by the Lanna people of northern Thailand for the last 750 years.  The Lanna art, culture, religion and lifestyle are all mixed together to create beautiful works of art as well as having a great respect for their forests and fields.

                   The teak earrings displayed here have been fitted with sterling silver posts.  Any item from Sue Thai Design makes a very beautiful and unique gift.  You will likely be getting positive comments for years to come about your gift from Sue Thai Design

                ไม้สัก ปลูกในภาคเหนือของประเทศไทย เป็นไม้เนื้อแข็ง แต่มีความอ่อนตัวในการแกะสลัก ปลวกและมอดไม่ทำอันตราย เพราะในเนื้อไม้สักมีสารเคมีพิเศษอยู่ชนิดหนึ่ง  มีคุณสมบัติ เมื่อทาหรืออาบไม้แล้วไม้จะมีความคงทนต่อ ปลวก แมลง เห็ดราได้อย่างดียิ่ง นอกจากนี้ในไม้สักทอง ยังพบว่ามีทองคำปนอยู่  
            ไม้สัก ได้ถูกนำมาสร้างบ้านโดยชาวล้านนามากว่า ๗๕๐ ปี  และเศษไม้สักที่เหลือจากการทำบ้านจะเอามาแกะสลักโดยนำศิลปะ วัฒนธรรม ศาสนา และความเป็นอยู่ วิถีชีวิต  ป่าเขา ทุ่งนา ผสมผสานเข้าด้วยกันกลายมาเป็นความคิดริเริ่มสร้างสรรค์เป็นงานศิลปะที่ยิ่งใหญ่ 


Congratulations to Tron District on Winning Trade Show Booth Competition

The trade show exhibition booth competition turned out to be fierce, as predicted. Tron district took first place in the competition with a beautiful display.
Congratulations to Tron District Officer, Mr. Tatri Boonmaak and Tron District Chief of Community Development (and Booth Designer), Ms. Sue Moungwong. It was a very successful team effort by Community Development and other departments.  And a special thanks to Pim Jai Leang, Leader of Tron District OTOP Group and Mrs. Tatri Boonmaak for their hard work in the booth set up.  Also Maaie Phimploy, Sue’s daughter, did an excellent job with English announcements representing the language of ASEAN.

From the Broken Sword Warrior to ASEAN Integration in 2015

About 240 years ago a great warrior named Phichai protected his Thailand homeland in Uttaradit Province from Myanmar invaders .  During this decisive battle he broke one of his two swords driving off the invaders.  Every year a fair is held in Uttaradit Province with the name, Phraya Phichai Dap Hak or General Phichai Broken Sword Fair held in the warrior’s honor.

All nine districts in Uttaradit Province compete for first prize at the fair with 20 by 14 meter exhibition booths highlighting their districts’ contributions to their province.  And the competition to be judged best booth is almost as fierce as Phichai himself.  The fair is set to open in less than a week, and run for 10 days.  The judging for best district exhibition booth is based on 100 points:  Ten points each for ASEAN by way of a representation of each of the ten member countries, the king, beauty, symbols representative of each district, creativity, green, uniqueness, customer foot traffic, durability, and overall beauty and flow of the exhibit.  This is the first year ASEAN has been included in the requirements.

And the ASEAN inclusion is of no small significance. Two years from today a significant liberalization of tariffs and investments in the enlarged 10 member ASEAN common market will take place, and in a pilot labor program, the free movement of job applicants across member countries borders in seven categories (medicine, dentistry, nursing, engineering, architecture, natural resources, and accounting).  Also, in an effort to eliminate the need to break swords, political frameworks to peacefully settle differences between member countries.

If you are in the area, this fair is definitely worth a visit.  It is held in the Mueang Uttaradit District at the Praya Phichai Dap Hak Sports Stadium and runs from January 7 to 16, 2013.

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