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TANIGUCHI Tsutomu

"Most of the people who collect lacquer sap from the urushi tree spend their summers in the mountains collecting and their winters working a seasonal job in the city. I want to be independent so I use the time in which I’m not collecting sap to make lacquer spoons.

I decided on spoons because, unlike larger pieces, I can do all the work myself from start to finish. I carve the wooden spoons by hand and lacquer them with lacquer that I collect myself.

When I carve the forms I don’t use any fixed patterns. I do it completely by feeling with my hands. To do the final carving I use planes that are about the size of a finger joint. My current spoon forms have developed little by little over the years through small changes and improvements."
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