[8. Souvenirs] <Yamanaka lacquerware> CongratulatoryCup Natural Gold/Silver

A cup for celebrations, the Shukubai is a sake cup that is hollowed out of domestic Mizume-zakura (cherry blossom) to maintain its strength, yet is hollowed out to be extremely thin, making it very light and easy to hold.
This cup, which spreads out faintly toward the mouth, promises to enhance the delicious taste of the drink.
The contrast between the wooden surface and the gold and silver foil will raise your spirits from the moment it is placed on the table. It blends well with both Japanese and Western decorations and blends in well with any table setting.

We believe it can be used as a gift for all kinds of celebratory occasions.

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What is Yamanaka Lacquerware?

Lacquerware is a craftwork made by applying layers of lacquer to the underlying wood.
Lacquerware was first produced in Yamanaka Onsen, Ishikawa Prefecture, 400 years ago.
One of the characteristics of Yamanaka lacquerware is the "vertical wood cutting" method. By removing the wood vertically, the beautiful grain of the wood appears.
Fuki-Urushi" is a lacquer coating that makes the most of the grain of the wood. The transparent lacquer, called "raw lacquer," is applied and wiped off repeatedly, and the lacquer is printed on the wood. This process of applying and wiping off the transparent lacquer, called kikurushi, is repeated until the lacquer has been applied to the wood and the grain of the wood is visible even after the lacquer has been applied. The wiping lacquer does not hide the undercoat, so there is no way to cheat the wood.
This is why Yamanaka lacquerware is known as "Yamanaka for its wood" due to the high level of skill of the craftsmen who grind the wood.
The planes used to grind the wood vary depending on the design of the vessel, and these planes are made by the craftsmen themselves, a technique that is unparalleled and highly regarded.


What is Shirasagi Woodworking?

Yamanaka Onsen is located in Ishikawa Prefecture. Shirasagi Wood Works is located farther into the mountains than the hot spring resort area. For three generations, the company has been hollowing out natural Japanese wood to make the base for bowls, cups, and trays. We are particular about the way we process the wood so that the bowls are strong enough to be used as daily necessities.


From Wood to Vessels: How Vessels are Made

1. Purchase of raw wood
Two to three times a month, we purchase logs at the market. We auction off the trees that meet our orders. Each tree of the same species has different hardness and annual rings, so it takes a discerning eye cultivated through years of experience to decide which logs to bid on.
2. Lumbering
The first step in turning logs into vessels. This is the sawing of the logs. This is the first step in turning the raw wood into a vessel. The "vertical wood cutting" process, which is a characteristic of Yamanaka lacquer ware, is done by cutting the raw wood into rounds.
3.Log cutting
Kegaki" is the process of marking the sliced wood to the size of the product. This is a very important process that determines the size of the product, as the characteristics of the wood change depending on the outside, inside, and width of the annual rings.
Cut into kegaki marks with a band saw.
5. Rough grinding of the outside
A lathe is used to process the rough dimensions of the outside of the vessel.
6.Rough grinding on the inside
The inside of the vessel is processed to rough dimensions using a lathe.
7. Drying
The water contained in the wood is dried. When the moisture content is lowered by drying, the wood shrinks and deforms. By allowing the wood to shrink and deform before forming the finished product, the wood will not be warped after it becomes a product. The wood is dried slowly over a period of one to three months, as the wood will crack if it is dried too quickly. The condition of the wood is constantly checked and controlled by changing the temperature and humidity.
8. Outer finish grinding
Once the wood is dry and free of moisture, the finishing touches are applied to the vessel. First, the outside of the vessel is finished.
9.Middle grinding on the inside
The inside of the vessel is turned on a lathe to almost its final dimensions before being finished on the wheel.
10.Finishing the inside
The inside of the vessel is finished on the lathe. Thin and curved designs are the highlight of the wheelwright's skill.
The process of applying and wiping off lacquer is repeated four to five times to apply the lacquer to the wood. This process is called "wiping lacquer" and is a characteristic of Yamanaka lacquerware. The lacquer soaks into the wood so that the grain of the wood is visible even after the lacquer is applied.
12. Drying
Since lacquer cannot dry without moisture, it is dried on a damp shelf called a furo-tana. This is the time when the beautiful light unique to lacquer dawns.

It takes about three months from the purchase of the raw wood to complete the product.

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■ Product name : <Yamanaka lacquerware> CongratulatoryCup Natural Gold/Silver
■ Manufacturer name : Shirasagi Woodwork Co.
■ Country of origin : Ishikawa, Japan
■ Size : 66 (W) x 66 (D) x 88 (H) mm
■ Material : Japanese natural wood, cherry blossom, gold leaf, urethane coating
■ Usage : Dishwasher, dish dryer, oven, microwave oven all prohibited
■ Please avoid using abrasive products such as scrubbers and cleansers as they may cause scratches and peeling. Please store out of direct sunlight.


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