Handcrafting and Creative Event in Asakusa – part 2


Hello everyone! It’s me again!

Two days ago I reported about the crafting event in Asakusa. I want to continue this report today.
After making a cushion and a personal seal this time we focused more on things that improve your rooms ambiance. Those two things were a coaster made of a special Japanese wood and a small folding card .

At first our teachers (one of which has received the highest decoration Japanese artists may get!) taught us about the Japanese culture of using and crafting wood in a special way. For our coasters we used the wood of a  cypress unique to Japan, called Hinoki. When planed their surface becomes ultra-smooth and they also smell very pleasant.

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Next we assembled our very own coaster made of small pieces from above’s  wood. No glue or adhesive required in Japanese woodcraft!! The pieces are cut in a way that you don put them together without them falling apart later! Wow!

Here the result:
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And this is what professional work looks like
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In the afternoon we were allowed to work with glue as we assembled, cut and, you guessed it, glued together our folding cards.

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I sadly wasn’t able to make a picture from the groups end result, but you can imagine it as a handcrafted birthday card that you can open two different ways vertically and horizontally. That is made possible by using a paper band (or belt as it is called in the craft) that you fold in a special way. That way you can put up to four pictures, cards etc. in it. The teachers called it “oriental magic” as a joke.

Alright, that’s it for today! If you want a more detailed version of what exactly we did, visit me at the front desk and I will tell you 🙂

See you around!

Sebastian

 

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