photo Wood turning


In wood turning (hikimono), a piece of wood is rotated on a lathe and shaped with various cutting tools. Wood turning is suited to the creation of round trays, containers, and bowls. Different blades and cutting angles can be used to produce a wide range of forms. Balanced, symmetrical forms are made by spinning the lathe at a constant speed.


  • 1.The lid and body are roughly cut and left to dry for several years.
  • 2.The piece is mounted on a lathe and rotated while being shaped with a blade.
  • 3.The surface is sanded smooth.
  • 4.The finished piece is coated with lacquer.
  • Reference: Nihon Kōgeikai Higashi Nihon Shibu (Japan Kōgei Association Eastern Branch), ed., Dentō kōgei-tte nani? – miru, shiru, tanoshimu gaido bukku (What Are Traditional Crafts? –A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying). Unsodo, 2013.