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Chinese man grows chairs
A Chinese man has patented his technique for growing his own wooden chairs.
Mr Wu, from Liaoning City, Shengyang province, moulds branches into shape while the tree is still growing. He uses elm trees which are pliant and do not break easily, reports the China Morning Business View.
Mr Wu, who’s in his 60s, says it takes him about five years to grow a tree chair, from saplings to the finished article.
As the ‘chair’ grows, he constantly trims and guides it into shape before the chair is finally harvested.
Mr Wu has one tree chair in his home, which he harvested last September, and six more growing in his field. He hopes that one day people will be able to grow all of their furniture instead of having to buy it from a store.
I believe that it was about 2000 when he started shaping, unfortunately I cannot confirm this.