Sorry it has taken me so long to post with all the events and family visiting been extremely busy . I cannot tell you all how amazed I am at the quality of the piece I received . I am absolutely stunned at how nice this is . will do a photo shoot as soon as we can . we need to keep this young man in business!! as soon as we come up with more money we will be ordering some Chinese stuff for ..... wait for it.... Lei-Shou !! My ladies name submission . woohoo!!! anyway she is looking for a raised platform so will be contacting you via FB for that maybe end of nov .
Minamoto Shintaro Masashige
A.K.A Lash Wraithbone
Elder Tribe of Kuro Kaze
Oathsworn of The Black Company
or as I like it just
Post by Fukumitsu Noriatsu on Oct 31, 2014 15:12:54 GMT -5
Many thanks for the compliments, I look forward to making another project for you! Hopefully I can drum up enough business to fund my foray in armouring. I am hoping to specialize in kabuto and Japanese style gauntlets. My goal is to bring the same level of craftsmanship to my armouring also.
Post by Saionji Shonagon on Jun 21, 2015 21:32:53 GMT -5
I am completely bowled over. This weekend at West Kingdom June Crown, Minamoto Shintaro Masashige (Lash) walked into my camp and said, "Hey, I have something for you," and presented me with one of your beautiful kyousoku. I love it - and have added a padded travel bag for it to my to-do list.
Ei. Wa. Chi. (Honor. Harmony. Knowledge.) - Some guy I know.
Life is short. Eat dessert first. - Fujimaki Tosaburou Hidetora
What would Sei Shonagon do? Chronicle all your shortcomings for posterity.
Wow, has this really been on my to-do list for three and a half years? Shucks. Anyway, I'm signed up to teach a course in kyousoku arm rests and zen tray tables at Pennsic, so I figured it was about time to get started making examples. Proper documentation won't be ready until Pennsic, but here's what mine looks like:
It's all poplar, with no fasteners, just joinery. I used the joinery that the Koizumi book descibes as "Typical joinery work for writing table", because I wanted to try out sliding dovetails on something a litle narrower than a fuzukue, and because it seemed to match the look I was seeing on examples.
Right now, this one is a little wobbly because I'm not going to glue it together until after Pennsic, so I can pull it apart in class. After I glue it, then I'll put some finish on it and maybe make a matching cushion. It's about 12 inches tall and the platform is about 30 inches long.
This one took me, at a conservative estimate) about 25 hours to complete because I did not use any machine tools on it. I started from commercially available poplar lumber, but I did all the work with my collection of saws, chisels, scrapers, and hammers. Final smoothing was done with "artificial whetstones", by which I mean "sanding blocks". I'm just not going to clog up my expensive sharpening stones with wood dust, sorry.
Work continues on my Kyousoku, though it may be wrapping up soon. I decided to finish and embellish the kyousoku.
After several coats of fake lacquer (black colored polyurethane) and many rounds of smoothing, I used gold paint to simulate maki-e work. I started with the legs and embellished them in a karakusa pattern, working my way up.
The entire legs and feet are embellished, but when I got to the point in the photo (entire edge of top, plus around the perimeter of the top) I started to feel like this was enough. I feel like I have already done too much on the legs. I needed the practice, though.
What do you think? Do yinz (Pittsburgh for "y'all") think this is appropriate and attractive, or do yinz think it would be better to cover the top completely?