Wood turning

photo Wood turning


In hikimono or wood turning, a piece of wood is rotated on a lathe and a blade is applied to create the desired shape. It is suitable for making round trays, containers, and bowls. A wide range of forms can be made depending on the angle of the blade. Balanced, symmetrical forms are made by keeping the lathe spinning at a consistent speed.


  1. 1.The wood is cut into the basic shape of the completed piece and dried for several years.
  2. 2.Each piece of wood is mounted on a lathe and rotated while being shaped with a blade.
  3. 3.The surface is sanded and burnished until it is smooth.
  4. 4.The piece is coated with lacquer and completed.
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo Reference artworks