Complex joinery

On a recent visit to the Peabody Essex Museum I noticed a display for joinery. This was outside their Chinese House exhibit. The Yin Tu Tang house is a late Qing Dynasty merchant's house. As one would expect considering its age, it was made with traditional mortise and tenon joinery. However, the variation and complexity of what they used is quite impressive. I've included a few shots of the display case, but I also recommend to walk through their interactive website to see more detailed examples.

I don't think I'll be able do all that fancy joinery, but if I can master half of it, I'll be quite content!


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