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Clive
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Postby Clive » Wed Jul 15, 2015 9:59 am

Hi Klaus,

I believe that is a technique called togisukashi (?) - lacquer on woven ground substrate. A woven substrate (amidai) is coated with various coats of coloured lacquer and then polished back to a flat surface while partly revealing high points in the weave and some of the various coloured layers.

Did I pass the test and if so.. is there a prize? :D



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Postby LUBlub » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:10 am

Clive...if you kindly explain how the artist have achieved his very fine
decoration figures...

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Postby Clive » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:34 am

Ahh.. very interesting Luigi.

Although it gives an appearance of a design having been painted with lacquer onto Bamboo it's not.

I believe its made using a particular species of bamboo that has had a decorative design cut into its thick outer skin and then the parts not wanted (the background) skin peeled off revealing a different layer of bamboo below.. that which has the slightly darker orange fibrous structure seen in the pics. The technique essentially uses the fact that if correctly manipulated the skin of this bamboo will come away from the substrate material very smooth and evenly. The remaining skin areas (particularly on the rock area) is the given some additional shallow carving, not going all the way down to the "orange" layer to enrich the design.

Nice 8-)

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Postby mss » Wed Jul 15, 2015 11:23 am

Both Tengu's and Luigi's pieces reflect wonderful technique and amazing creative expression.  Hard to imagine the effort involved crafting these works.

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Postby Jim_Lewis » Wed Jul 15, 2015 12:51 pm

Bamboo "inro" (in bad condition; it has travelled through too many different climates in its lifetime).

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Postby Tengu » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:10 pm

Clive wrote:Hi Klaus,

I believe that is a technique called togisukashi (?) - lacquer on woven ground substrate. A woven substrate (amidai) is coated with various coats of coloured lacquer and then polished back to a flat surface while partly revealing high points in the weave and some of the various coloured layers.

Did I pass the test and if so.. is there a prize? :D




Hi Clive

A shame you have failed the test. :D

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Postby Clive » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:37 pm

Pedant!! :D I didn't mention the bamboo section or the metal rim because I thought they where obvious.. you're too hard Klaus. :D



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Postby Tengu » Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:46 pm

Clive wrote:Pedant!! :D I didn't mention the bamboo section or the metal rim because I thought they where blinding obvious.. you're too hard Klaus. :D




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Postby Clive » Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:09 pm

Swine!! :D:D Is one of the rims a slightly different silver alloy.. one shakodo the other Shibuichi.. One could just as easily be black horn. Sorry but it's impossible to ID every detail from those pics. I'm not playing anymore.. next you'll be saying I forgot what's inside the bloody thing. :D

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Postby Tengu » Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:32 pm

It is not a true bamboo. It is a lacquer work, which simulated bamboo. Hashi-ichi made such things.

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