作者 | 马小秋
The author | Ma Xiaoqiu
When I entered the exhibition hall of redwood furniture for the first time and stood in front of the office furniture made of old Santos Rosewood, big leaf sandalwood and lobular red sandalwood many years ago, I was immediately attracted by their invisible force. I stopped my steps to observe them carefully and appreciate them slowly…
As I looked at them, I became fonder and fonder of them. As I touched them, I got less willing to leave them.
The colors of the two kinds of redwood, i.e. Santos Rosewood and big leaf sandalwood and lobular red sandalwood respectively, are quiet, stable and self-restrained. As you touch them, they feel like smooth and soft skin. Without any decoration with coating or paint, artificial fine grinding is already enough to fully display their charm. After you appreciate them slowly, they touch your inner heart deeply! I learn that it takes five hundred years or even thousands of years for Santos Rosewood and red sandalwood to grow into sawn trees for building furniture! Oh, how marvelous their growth process is！They must have absorbed tremendous essence of the universe and undergone numerous sways in wind and rain as well as roasting and smoking under scorching sun over their five hundred years of growth. With such quality nurtured by the heaven and earth over thousands of years, they finally fall into the hands of craftsmen. No matter how they’re cut into pieces and then assembled into different shapes of furniture, countless processes cannot shatter their breath of life that is forged over thousands of years. Soul seems to have been injected into them. They’re self-restrained, decent, implicit, dignified, elegant, not swaying or moving.
They go deep into your soul without any word and talk gently with you in countless times about the Red Mansion, Three Kingdoms, Water Margin, plum blossom, orchid, bamboo, chrysanthemum and gentleman. Though they’re only pieces of furniture, I sense the tenderness behind their tenacity as well as sweet speech of silence. The moment when I hold on to their handrails, they not only convey rivers, lakes, seas and miles of waves to me but also their numerous sways in wind, perkiness in rain and leisure under scorching sun over their hundreds of years of growth. When there’s sound, they display formidable force that you will marvel at. This is the only sound after they grow up. Such sound is enough to awaken your soul.
Redwood furniture is hard-won. They have to undergo thousands of years of growth during which they will be blown by wind, drenched by rain and scorched by the sun. Ordinary people cannot read the richness and deepness behind their tranquility, the poetic illusion behind their elegance or the spiritual sense behind their grace. However, only their appearance is already enough for common people to love them, for men of letters to be intimate with them and for appreciators to indulge in them and enjoy their thousands of sceneries, their hundreds of stories and endow them with all kinds of sentiments.
I marvel at such soul as baptized by wind and rain. Such soul cannot be quantified with money. Such everlasting charm is implicit, deep, elegant, decent, self-restrained and unworldly.
编辑 | 黎嘉雯 翻译 | 优译宝 图片 | 鼎益丰集团