Gongfu tea is all about adaptability. Sometimes you want to carry tea to the backyard - sometimes you want it in bed. This simple and sweet little bamboo tray is the perfect base to a perfect spur-of-the-moment cup, carefully crafted from bamboo with a beautifully deep finish.
Every few years, Xiangfu Workshop releases a flagship teaboard, one that they designed to meet any brewing need flexibly and affordably. This simple bamboo draining tea tray with an elegant bird motif is Xiangfu’s answer to the essential teaboard, the one that they outfit tea tasting schools, and teahouses with for everyday heavy use. If you are ready to get started with gongfu brewing, this tray is ready to be the foundation to years of tasting.
The circular tea board is a statement piece in gongfu brewing, a symbol of everyone’s equal place at the table for tea, and a mirror of the circular gaiwan, pitcher and cups. Boards like these can be used on their own for a compact set-up at a desk, or as a tea boat for your favorite Yixing pot, lined up on a runner with a pitcher, cups, and water bowl for a full-sized elegant modern gongfu set. This bamboo board by Xiangfu features a ba gua - inspired grid of holes for your rinse water to drain and ample capacity for several gongfu sessions in a row.
This clever circular teaboard features a fully waterproof hidden plastic tray to protect the beautiful bamboo board itself. The circular tea board is a statement piece in gongfu brewing, a symbol of everyone’s equal place at the table for tea, and a mirror of the circular gaiwan, pitcher and cups. Boards like these can be used on their own for a compact set-up at a desk, or as a tea boat for your favorite Yixing pot, lined up on a runner with a pitcher, cups, and water bowl for a full-sized elegant modern gongfu set. The dot and line motif for draining is inspired by the trigrams of the Yi Ching.
This beautiful tea boat from Xiangfu studio shows off their mastery of wood carving with a crackle motif and contrasting curved board shape, evocative of artistic patterns inspired by the exchange between China and the middle east through the Silk Road. The lip around the board itself will catch drips as you brew, making it the perfect backdrop for modern gongfu paired with a water bowl. Compact enough to be used on a desk with a full set of gaiwan, pitcher and cups, or as part of a larger modern gongfu set up, this is an elegant and versatile piece to have on hand for tea or even iced drinks in the summer.
Xiangfu’s Zheng series is named after the stringed instrument since the carved grooves mimc the zheng’s strings. Groves running to a drain channel allow this personal-sized tea board to draw water away from your teapot, keeping it even and well-seasoned. The compact footprint is perfect for desk-side modern gongfu.
This stunning and truly unique tea boat from Xiangfu workshop is made from a combination of aromatic yew wood and resin. Beautiful pieces of yew are selected for their unique wood grains and shapes, and allowed to truly stand out against the swirled resin. This hand-building process means every piece is unlike any other. When the fragrant board is used for tea, the heat and moisture bring out deep forestry aromatics in the wood, bringing nature to your daily tea.
If you have gongfu tea every day, you might have a whole table devoted to your tea set up. If so, this centerpiece board is the perfect piece to serve as a backdrop to all your beautiful cups and teapots. This board can facilitate big group gongfu tastings, or side-by-side comparisons where you might have multiple gaiwans going at once. Or it can serve as a beautiful display for your prized Yixing between uses. No matter the set up, this board is ready to help create incredible gongfu sessions. You can either let water drain to a built-in hadden tray, or connect the included pump and tube to drain water to a larger basin.
When you have an exquisite tea set up, the board should be there to help every cup, teapot, and the tea itself really shine. This stunning centerpiece minimalist tea board does just that. No lip, on slats for draining - just a simple, carefully cut and sloped piece of bamboo with just a few drain holes lined up down the center. For a perfectly minimalist look, you can let water drain to the hidden plastic tray without a drain tube, but for big sessions, you can hook in the drain tube to keep going all day.
This beautiful full-sized tea tray from Xiangfu Design Studio embraces their humble origins as a small workshop of bamboo crafters. The Chinese name 水云间 literally means “the space between clouds and water,” an evocative image that inspires the cut channels that serve as the drain for water poured during tea ceremony to run into the hidden tray underneath. The channels mirror the steam on a just brewed cup of tea rising and swirling, priming the tea board as a special “space” for tea. For big group tea sessions, this board has a drain with a tube so that you can keep brewing without emptying the tray itself.
The geometric lines intersecting the octagonal window evoke mist rolling by in the early morning. They also serve as a channel to drain this evocative tea board. A favorite teapot in the choice ‘window spot’ gives it center stage. This board draws on Xiangfu’s rich experience with bamboo as part of their new “Sacred Fig Tree” series, a new style of board made with dense, resin-soaked bamboo for solid weight and durability.
The circular platform with a carved lotus is the centerpiece of this board, serving as a place for a favorite teapot or gaiwan, while the carved channels are perfect for cups and pitchers. This deep, dark, solid board is actually made from dense resin-soaked bamboo that is kiln-fired for deep color. The board can be used with a drain cap for modern gongfu or with a tube in place for traditional draining gongfu tea.
A full gongfu set in its own side-satchel carry case? Yes, please! This new set from Xiangfu includes a bamboo tea board that houses a glass gaiwan with removable porcelain strainer, four cups, a bamboo tweezers and a tea cloth so you’ll never be without your favorite tea when you are picnicking, or out and about. There’s even space for several bags of tea in the tea board to keep the whole set-up together when you travel
The natural rough hewn-texture of this monumental stone tea board serves as a grounded foundation for gongfu tea. The choice of material is a critical piece of the overall balance of a gongfu set up, and stone evokes the rocky landscapes where fine tea grows, while reflecting on the minerals-driven textural complexity of great tea. The hewn grey of this board turns dark and lustrous as hot water is poured over it, and the water flows down the channel along the edges to drain to maintain a clean modern look. For modern gongfu ceremony, cap the drain with the included cap and the board works as a stunning tea boat.
A carved bird motif is paired with cleverly designed grooves running along the surface to a drain channel that goes all the way around. This allows for a draining board with no slope. The fact that water poured over teapots drains away, even under the pot itself makes this style the preferred board for yixing collectors looking to show off their most beautiful pieces. A tube is included for flexible drainage, but the board is also a gorgeous framing piece in modern gongfu sets with a water bowl.
This tea set is inspired by the professional tea setups used at fine teahouses in Xiamen, one of the biggest cultural centers for oolong tea in the world, and central to all of Fujian’s abundant tea- from Tieguanyin to white tea and Big Red Robe. A high-fired, hand-painted porcelain gaiwan brings out deep and true aromatics in your tea, while aroma cups allow you to enjoy those aromatics to the fullest. A beautiful, carved, hardwood draining tea board is there to catch any drips or rinses during long tea sessions, and provides a beautiful contrast with the glowing and nearly translucent porcelain.
This board is cleverly designed with grooves running along the surface to a drain channel that goes all the way around. This allows for a draining board with no slope. The fact that water poured over teapots drains away, even under the pot itself, makes this style the preferred board for yixing collectors looking to show off their most beautiful pieces. A tube is included for flexible drainage, but the board is also a gorgeous framing piece in modern gongfu sets with a water bowl.
This striking glass cup ripples like glacial ice in the sun, amplifying light and showing off the color of your tea as you sip. Tempered for boiling water and elegantly gilded, this is a stunning addition to any gongfu setup.