Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Yunzi manufacturing and books from Yellow Mountain Imports

Long-time (well, in terms of internet-time) readers of my blog had seen seen the collage of photos, courtesy of Pong Yen, from the Yunnan Go Factory where boards are made. I think that's the second-most popular post of this blog in terms of independent hits. We all love taking a peek into the kitchen.

Some of you have also seen the manufacturing video from the Yun-zi Company. The video is old and you don't see the actual process until somewhere in the middle.

Pong Yen at Yellow Mountain Imports recently visited the same manufacturing facility and took these close-up shots. It's interesting to see how the Yunzis are closely consistent in size and how they turn white as they cool.

News of upcoming books at YMI
Start saving-up you cash for after-school reading.

Pong mentioned to me that they will have a whole new set of Go books available at Yellow Mountain Imports beginning in the summer. Last year, they started their book offerings with the complete game collection of Go Seigen (aka Wu Xingyuan) which was a big sales hit.

He didn't mention what the titles would be, but we had corresponded about the books that were mentioned in the July archive of becci's blog, Studying Weiqi in China. Although these are all written in Chinese, they are supposedly accessible even for those who don't read the language.

Image courtesy of Studying Weiqi in China


At 5:45 PM, April 18, 2007, Anonymous ScatCat said...

If you don't wat to wait for YMI to stock the new books you can always message goplayer_2006. He carries all the titles YMI offers and then some.

At 1:18 PM, April 22, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey chiyo, how exactly do they make the double convex yunzis?

At 2:17 PM, April 22, 2007, Blogger ChiyoDad said...

I don't know how the double-convex versions are made.

We'll have to wait until Pong can send me another photo-journalism spread from his next trip to China.

At 5:10 PM, April 24, 2007, Blogger Dustin said...

Perhaps a mold? Or would that leave lines on the edges?

At 8:39 AM, April 29, 2007, Blogger kent1956 said...

I believe the double convex stones are used with the same process as the one shown in the pictures. The mold has a convex hollow rather than a flat circle.

At 6:02 PM, April 29, 2007, Blogger Dustin said...

Oh, duh, that makes sense, but...what about the black stones?

At 6:30 AM, May 08, 2007, Anonymous Allen Holman said...

Wow, how cool is it to see them being made!

Thank you for sharing the pics.


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