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Marumono-giho (manufacturing technique of round shaped items)

What is marumono-giho technique?

Marumono items refer to round shaped items such as bowls. The manufacturing techniques of a bowl from its kiji forming to its surface coating are recorded on video.
The marumono-giho technique includes its unique method called “shibushitaji”. In the video, manufacturing of a marumono item using the shibushitaji method is introduced.

Kiji forming

Kiji (wood base) of marumono items are made with wood blocks of chestnut, Japanese cherry birch and Japanese zelkova. In the video, you can see the process where a wood block is spun on a wheel called rokuro while it is being shaved by using a kan-na peeler to form a bowl shape.

Shibushitaji

In the manufacturing of Echizen lacquerware, the method called shibushitaji has been used in the shitaji process of marumono items since Edo period.
Today, the artisans who perform shibushitaji method have reduced and the method itself is rarely seen. Such rare process can be seen in the video.

Nakanuri (intermediate coating) and Uwanuri (surface coating)

After the kiji forming and shitaji process, lacquer is applied in the nakanuri process and lastly in the uwanuri process. In the uwanuri process, refined red lacquer and black lacquer are applied to beautifully finish the marumono items.
Kiji
Kan-na zukuri
Shiage-biki (rokuro wheel)
Shitaji chosei (adjustment)
Kizu-mi
Kokuso
Kokuso-kezuri
Nuno-hari
Nuno-ume
Sabi-tsuke
Shibushitaji
Ji-zuke
Sumi-banashi (Shibu-togi)
Sumi-tsuke (Shoen-togi)
Iya-togi (shibu-togi)
Shiage-migaki (tokusa-ate)
Nakanuri
Kizu-mi
Kizu-mi (kokuso)
Kizu-mi (kokuso-kezuri)
Nakanuri
Nakanuri-togi
Kizu-mi (sabi-tsuke)
Kizu-mi (sabi-togi)
Uwanuri
Uwanuri
Uwanuri (Fushi-tori)
Uwanuri (sokonuri)
Kanso (drying)