Woodcrafts

Description

Thanks to the climate and terrain, a wide variation of trees grow in Japan. Since ancient times, people have used the high-quality wood from these trees to make dishes, boxes, and other items.

Woodwork crafts emphasize the beauty of the wood grain for both art pieces and items used for everyday life. Therefore, choosing the best wood is very important.

Production

  • 1 Carefully selecting wood
  • 2-1 Joining multiple pieces of wood together
  • 2-2 Hollowing out wood with a blade or chisel
  • 2-3 Rotating on a lathe to carve the desired shape
  • 2-4 Bending strips of wood into cylindrical shapes
  • 3 Completing the piece with finishing touches

Artistic techniques

  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo
    Reference artworks

Bamboo crafts

Description

There are approximately six hundred varieties of bamboo that grow in Japan but only ten types are used in art. Bamboo is pliable, resilient, and does not break easily. Due to these qualities, it has been used to make daily items in Japan since prehistoric times. In fact, flower and serving baskets made from bamboo are preserved among the eighth century treasures of the Shoso-in Temple in Nara.
The traditional techniques of bamboo craft are used today to make implements for the tea ceremony, ikebana flower arrangements, interior goods, and artwork.

Production

  • 1 Preparing thin bamboo sticks
  • 2-1 Braiding bamboo sticks together
  • 2-2 Assembling plaited bamboo sticks into a piece
  • 3 Completing the piece with finishing touches

Artistic techniques

Well-known crafts