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and chairs. “The first time I chose elms, but in the end I failed.”
He began to use peach trees in 2007, knitting four peach branches t
ogether and putting iron molds on them. Depending on the growth of the br
anches, the trees were shaped each year until they grew into the shapes of a table and chair.
“It took almost 10 years to grow into finished products. Now there are about 800 tables and chairs,” Zhang said, add
ing that once the products are grown, they are then cut, peeled, dried, and polished to be ready for sale.
Zhang took his first set of four peach tree chairs and a round table to the China Impo
rt and Export Fair (Canton Fair) in 2016, catching the attention of several merchants who offered to buy the set.
Zhang was not willing to sell just yet as the set were just sam
ples. The fair strengthened his confidence however, which has continued to pay off.