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In this technique, you rotate a piece of wood on a lathe and apply a blade to create the shape you want. It is suitable for making circular trays, containers, bowls and so forth. A wide range of forms can be made depending on the way the blade is applied and the angle.
Balanced, symmetrical forms are made by keeping the lathe spinning at a consistent speed.


How to make a wooden pot with a lathe

  1. (1) Cut the wood into the basic shapes you want for the lid and the pot itself, and dry it for several years
  2. (2) Mount each piece of wood on a lathe and rotate it while shaping it with a blade
  3. (3) Sand and burnish the surface until it is smooth
  4. (4) Coat it with lacquer, and you're done!
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo / List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)


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