Sixteen-sided polygon cherry bark chest
This is an exquisitely crafted hexadecagon cherry bark chest made up of 16 facets or a sixteen-sided polygon chest. The lid is made from a uniformed layer of cherry bark.
Beautifully handcrafted by master craftsmen of Fujiki Denshiro in Kakunodate/Akita Prefecture.
Size 31 H 12 cm.
About Cherry Bark Craft - Kabaizuku
Cherry bark is an eco-friendly material as it will regrow after being harvested. Cherry bark ware mainly has two different kinds of finishes: the one is Marble, that retains the appearance of the raw bark; the other is Natural, whose surface is thinly scraped to a polish. The surfaces of cherry bark itemsÂ will grow more lustrous the more you handle them.
The cherry bark is harvested between August and September in the mountains of the northern area of Japan because the trees contain a generous quantity of water. Thus the professional experts can cleanly peeled away from the trunk. And it has been dried naturally for about two years. Even after the cherry bark has been harvested from a tree, if the total amount of harvesting is under one-third of the entire tree, the bark regrows.
Marble finish is the raw bark with grey-brown colour. Only fine raw bark can be used for it, thus it is precious. The raw bark becomes reddish brown colour by whittling and then polishing it to a high shine, called Natural. To transform wild cherry bark into the craft material â€œMarbleâ€ and â€œNaturalâ€, which we use in our collections, the craftsman whittles and polishes each.
Kijimono - This is the technique used to make boxes or rectangular shaped items like trays and tea chests. It is performed by using a highly heated trowel to press the layers of cherry bark and wood onto a wooden base. The Aiita and Subako series items are created using this technique.
Katamono- This technique is used to make cylinders for tea caddies. The craftsman glues together layers of cherry bark and wood. He then wraps them around a cylindrical wooden mold and irons them with a highly heated trowel to attach them.
As all the parts of a tea caddy are made from one cylinder, thus it has a high airtightness, and will protect tea leaves from moisture.
The Gingko Leaf name originates from the beauty and uniqueness of the Ginkgo Biloba tree and its delicate, uniquely shaped leaves. The products selected are guided by the Japanese conceptual term Yo-no-bi ("beauty through use") and the primary focus is on well crafted, well-designed contemporary Japanese household items such as ceramics, porcelain, glassware, woodcrafts, ironware, bath and bed textiles or on unique pieces that will bring delight to users.