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Kakumono-giho (manufacturing technique of square shaped items)

What is kakumono-giho technique?

Kakumono items refer to square shaped items such as layered boxes. The manufacturing techniques of layered boxes from their kiji(wood base) forming to their surface coating are recorded on video.
The kiji(wood base) forming of kakumono items are carried out by processing and assembling wood boards and a method called honkataji is used in their shitaji process.

Kiji(wood base) forming

Kiji(wood base) of kakumono items are made by cutting dried wood blocks of ginko, Japanese judas, magnolia, etc. into boards and shaving to remove their warping. Plyboards are also used. They are cut according to the sizes of the items and their joining parts are adhered by lacquer to be assembled. In the video, you can see the process of assembling the boards into a box.

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 bee seen in the video.

Nakanuri and Uwanuri

The nakanuri process is carried out to the item after the shitaji process and the item is finished with the uwanuri process. In the video, you can see how the brushes are used differently comparing to the marumono items.
Kiji(wood base)
Kanso (drying)
Ki-kezuri
Ara-kezuri
Ara-kezuri (Nejiri-tori)
Shiage-kezuri
Tome-kezuri
Kake-otoshi
Kumitate (assembling)(tatsugi-tsuke)
Sumimaru
Uwabata・Urahata
Tatsugi-tsuki
Futa-ashi-awase
Oya-ashi-awase
Shitaji・Kataji
Kizu-mi
Ki-gatame
Suma-maki
Oya-ashi-tsuke
Ara-otoshi
Nuno-kise
Nuno-kezuri
Ippen ji-tsuke
Kara-togi
Nihen ji-tsuke
Kara-togi
Sanben ji-tsuke
Kara-togi
Me-suri
Ji-togi
Nakanuri
Nakauri
Kizu-mi
Nakanuri-togi
Uwanuri
Fukiage
Uwanuri
Kanso (drying)