Agarwood identification, grading and appreciation Seminar
Agarwood is rare and precious. Depending on growth origin and environment, each piece of agarwood has its unique fragrance and shape. The quality and value of agarwood are determined by its shape, size, colour, weight and aroma. Identification and grading of agarwood is an art and requires lots of experience. We are glad to have invited an expert to share with us the art and his experience of identification, grading and appreciation of agarwood.
Outline of the Seminar
Introduction to Agarwood:
- What is agarwood?
- Agarwood formation, and uses in incense and herbal medicine
- Examples of agarwood from different origins
- Characteristics of agarwood from different origins
Agarwood and Kynam:
- More in-depth look of agarwood from different origins and their appreciation
- What is Kynam?
- Types of Kynam and grading opinions
- Future of sustainable agarwood farming
About the Speaker
Mr. Raymond Chu
Mr. Chu has 30 years of hands-on experience in sourcing and trading of Agarwood ( 沉香 ), Ky Nam Huong (Kyara) ( 棋楠香 , 伽羅 ) and Sandalwood ( 檀香木 ).
Agarwood trading is Mr. Chu's family business beginning with his late father's Aloeswood incense shop in Guangzhou, called Teck Woo Cheong ( 德和昌 ) in early 1950' s. Later his father moved to Hong Kong and established Teck Woo Hing ( 德和興沉香莊 ) in the 1950's.
Over the years in the incense business, Raymond had personally sourced hundreds of kilograms of Ky Nam Huong (Kyara) and came across untold metric tons of Agarwood from different origins: Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Hainan, China. He had learned to sort and grade the goods, catering to the requirement of the different wholesale buyers from Japan, Middle East and Asia. Some of the world's famous incense houses and raw material suppliers in Japan and the Middle East are long- time customers of his company.
The seminars are conducted in Cantonese and/or English as needed.
Imperial Museum#, St. John's Building, Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
Time & Fee
7 March, 2015 (10:00am-12:00noon)
Member HK$8,000 / Non-member HK$16,000
# The Imperial Museum is a supporter of the Peace and Harmony Project which is promoted by a few organizations including Institute of Agarwood.