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How Traditional Japanese Hakone-Yosegi-Zaiku is Crafted

1.  Different colored pieces of woods natural to the Hakone, Japan region are hand picked for quality and are planed to the proper thickness.


2.  Each of the planed sheets are then coated with a high temperature glue, layered in the desired pattern and and squeezed in a vise.


3.  The layered sheet is then removed from the vise and set into a marquetry mold where it is sawn, thus producing one piece of the pattern.

4.  Each piece is then planed in the mold for exactness.

5.  Several of the completed pieces are then glued together to form the desired pattern and wrapped until the glue has set.


6.  After unwrapping each piece, several of the unit pieces are sawn and glued together and the process is repeated until a plate has been formed called a Tanegi.


7.  The Tanegi is then shaved with a large plane into very thin sheets called Duku.


8.  The curled shaved sheets are then shrunken and ironed into a straight sheet in preparation for glue.

9.  The sheets are then used as a veneer and affixed to the product.


Posted: 2015-08-10 21:00:30
The Valentine's Day Puzzle Box by Tatsuo Miyamoto !
"We recently purchased the Valentine’s Day Puzzle Box, crafted for the 7th Karakuri I Puzzle Idea Contest.  In the shape of a heart, the lid is attractive with what appears to be an inlay of a young boy and girl facing each other.  Created in Cherry, Karin and Walnut, the contrasting colors make this box quite attractive.  Crafted by Tatsuo Miyamoto, I had anticipated ..." Read more
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