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Kiji forming

Kijishi – artisans who form the shapes Artisans called “Kijishi” cut out, shave and process wood blocks and form the shapes of the lacquerware.
There are two types of Kijishi. One is called “Marumono Kijishi” who forms the shapes of round bowls such as soup bowls, and the other is called “Kakumono Kijishi” who forms the shapes of box shaped containers such as multilayer lacquerware boxes and trays.
Different types of wood blocks and tools are used to form the shapes of Marumono and Kakumono.
Although the process carried out by the Kijishi is a preparation work, this is the very first and the pivotal process in the lacquerware manufacturing.

Marumono Kijishi

Marumono Kijishi uses a wheel called rokuro and a peeler to shave and form round shaped bowls while spinning the wheel.
Various types of peelers are made by the Kijishi himself to form various shapes of round bowls.


Kakumono Kijishi

Kakumono Kijishi cuts out, shaves and assembles wood boards to form various types of box shaped containers such as multilayer lacquerware boxes and trays.
When assembling the wood boards, lacquer is used as the adhesive to join the wood boards.