Tea boats

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Bok
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Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:18 am

Something we do not yet have a topic on: tea boats!

To me they are the preferred alternative to a tea tray or even table. Practical, portable and more flexible in general.

Of course a simple dish and some thoughtful pouring will make all of the above unnecessary, but sometimes one jus can’t be bothered and little solids-splashing can be fun too...

Which brings me to this vintage tray I chanced upon in a thriftshop in Taipei.

It has its own wabi sabi charm with lots of patina from years of use and probably some neglect as well. But I like it exactly for that!
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Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:55 am

Interesting piece with the lions rampant. Thanks for sharing.
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:43 am

I really like this! Its like a bowl/table cross. looks small enough for travel.
Nice find
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:45 am

Brent D wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:43 am
I really like this! Its like a bowl/table cross. looks small enough for travel.
Nice find
Yes! There is enough space to fit a pot and a few cups :mrgreen:
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:06 pm

Is it ceramic or metal? Cheers
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:53 pm

Ethan Kurland wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:06 pm
Is it ceramic or metal? Cheers
Tin!
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debunix
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:51 pm

Even more travel-friendly, then
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:41 pm

debunix wrote:
Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:51 pm
Even more travel-friendly, then
In theory, yes. Although this one is old and a bit roughed up, so it has become a bit frail and it will probably sit on the table instead :mrgreen:

Going to use it, when I want to have no frill, easy brewing. So convenient, all in one and no need to worry about spill over or waste water containers. It also happens to perfectly match my favorite Qing-douqing cups with its greenish-turquoise patina, love it! So now the youngest member in a tea session is the tea, haha
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Mon Mar 12, 2018 11:24 pm

here's a wood fired boat i've been using from Shawn Erin McGuire (Greenwood Studio):

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pedant wrote:
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here's a wood fired boat i've been using from Shawn Erin McGuire (Greenwood Studio):

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What I love about tea boats is how they gather patina over an even faster period than the pots! The longer they are used the better they get.
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Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:14 pm

So this tray came today...
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Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:21 pm

Looks splendid. Where did you get it?
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Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:44 pm

debunix wrote:
Thu Apr 05, 2018 8:21 pm
Looks splendid. Where did you get it?
TaoBao...:)
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 5:02 pm

Essence of Tea carries now a selection of very traditional pewter tea trays/boats. I have been looking for one for at least a decade, but the old ones are super rare and nobody sells one.
These ones here are new, but made in the old way :)

https://essenceoftea.com/collections/te ... and-plates
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Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:56 pm

theredbaron wrote:
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I have been looking for one for at least a decade....
One of the most popular trays on taobao :)
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