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The Process
You can view the kabazaiku process. A technique known as °»migaki-dashi°… (polishing up) is being used.


Tools: This craft requires skilled usage of quite a few tools, such as mullet, saw, plane, line drawer and trusquin.
1) Bark scraping: There are different names for cherry barks depending on its age and condition. "Hibi-gawa" is regarded to be the best, "Ame-gawa" has a smooth surface and "Chirimen-gawa" has a unique pattern on it. After a piece of bark is cut to the preferred size, it is steamed with a heated trowsel to make it soft and flat. Then the surface is scraped with a wide knife for a glossy look and even color.
2) Gluing: Nikawa (glue) is applied to the surface of the bark and then dried.
3) Preparation: Three layers of thin wood sheets are rolled up on a mould using a heated trowsel to make a cylindrical base.
4) Inner bark: Nikawa (glue) is applied on the inside of the base and a piece of bark is placed.
5) Kuchikaba: This bark is used for the part where the lid would come on. The bark is cut, glued and placed around a slightly smaller base.
6) Placing the kuchikaba: The kuchikaba is glued on the inside of the inner bark.
7) Separation: The lid and the body are separated using a small knife.
8) Body: Nikawa (glue) is applied to the body and a piece of bark is placed using the iron. A highly skilled crafting technique is required to determine the right temperature of iron and apply the bark smoothly on the surface of the base without leaving any wrinkles.
9) Covering the knots: Small pieces of bark are placed over knots using a trowel. Smoothing the top & bottom: Edges of the body and the lid are smoothed using a small knife and a plane.
10) Polishing: The surface is sanded six times using #180 to 800 sandpaper in order. For extra smooth finish, it is then polished with whetstone powder and rapeseed oil.