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Aragata 1. Aragata (Approximate Pattern)
The wood is carved into a very rough bowl shape and smoked and dried.
Arabiki 2. Arabiki (Approximate Carving)
This raw piece is carved into a coarse bowl which is a little bigger than the actual, finished work. It is then smoked and dried again.
Kiji(Core) 3. Kiji (Core)
The outside, the inside, and the bottom of the bowl are then turned on a lathe.
Kijigatame (Hardening Core) 4. Kijigatame (Hardening the Core)
Kokuso (a mixture of crude lacquer, Zelkova tree powder, and rice glue) is used to reinforce joints and fill any gaps in the core, and this piece is soaked thoroughly with crude lacquer.
Nunokise 5. Nunokise (Pasting Cloth)
Cloth is pasted onto fragile parts such as the rim or the bottom.
Somijitsuke 6. Somijitsuke (Application of Somi Lacquer)
Somi lacquer is applied to fill the gaps between the cloth and the wood.
Ippenjitsuke 7. Ippenjitsuke (First Application of Ji)
The entire core is repeatedly coated with crude lacquer mixed with jinoko and rice glue.
Ippenjitogi 8. Ippenjitogi (First polishing)
The bowl is polished and smoothed with a whetstone, and dust is removed.
Sannpenjitsuke 9. Sannpenjitsuke (Third Application of Ji)
An undercoating of the finest jinoko is applied over the entire core.
Jitogi 10. Jitogi (Polishing of Ji)
After the third coating is dry, the entire bowl is polished using water and a whetstone.
Nakanuri 11. Nakanuri (Intermediate Coatings)
The bowl is coated with Nakanuri lacquer, which will soak into the undercoating and strengthen it. It is then put in a "nushi bath" for drying.
Nakanuritogi 12. Nakanuritogi (Polishing of Nakanuri)
The bowl is polished using water and a blue whetstone or Suruga charcoal.
Uwanuri 13. Uwanuri (Finish coatings)
The bowl is carefully coated with the best quality lacquer so that there will be no trace of brush strokes.
Roiro 14. Roiro
The surface of the bowl is polished with Roiro charcoal. Then it is soaked in crude lacquer and polished repeatedly.
Maki-e 15. Maki-e
Pictures are drawn on the bowl with colored lacquer. Before the lacquer is dry, powdered gold or silver is scattered over the pictures.
Chinkin 16. Chinkin
Pictures are carved into the bowl and lacquer is applied to the carving. Then gold leaf is placed on this and pressed firmly into the grooves.
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