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Stoene
Traditional Chinese Roofing Tile - source?

Hello fellow TOH'ers,
I want to build a Chinese Pavillion or Ting. I have acquired several reference books and think I can produce the structure. I haven't been able to find a source for traditional Chinese ceramic roofing tiles though. Do you have any ideas on where I might look for this? Thanks for your suggestions

here is link to an example of the roof tile
http://www.pbase.com/image/31309872

and here is a smallish Ting I had in mind
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drs2biz/189365647/

ed21
Re: Traditional Chinese Roofing Tile - source?

Do you mean you can't find them at Home Depot? :)
I could of sworn I saw them at the Beijing store.

dj1
Re: Traditional Chinese Roofing Tile - source?

I don't know if traditional Chinese clay roof tiles are imported to the USA, but I've seen them used in a recent addition at the famous HUNTINGTON GARDEN in PASADENA-SAN MARINO-ARCADIA area. The addition is a replica of a Suzhou garden. Perhaps Huntington Garden received a time time shipment of tiles.

When I was in China I saw how local roofers install those tiles: over bamboo rafters and stringers, with no felt paper.

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