We only had 3 hours at the workshop but they all had a go on the lathe, I forged a tool and took them through the process from tree to finished bowl.
This is Masashi Kutsuwa who worked with various woodworkers in the UK for 4 years before returning to Japan.
And now this piece has instantly become one of my most treasured possessions, I love it dearly. It was turned by Tomio and then the lacquer done by Masashi’s wife. She built up 4 layers of urushi lacquer with different colours. I love the texture, I love the way the way the turning marks show through the lacquer but it still has a deep glow. Urushi is a natural lacquer but before it is cured it causes sever allergic reaction in some people. Once cured it is water resistant but also heat and alcohol resistant.
Much Japanese lacquer-ware is made on superfine turned vessels so that when finished you can barely tell that it is wood underneath. I adore this bowl, it has taken a little of our European technique but it is very much a Japanese form and Japanese finish.
Back to my own work, I have just bought a rather nice large beech tree. This came from the Chatsworth Estate and will make fine bowls and plates in due course. I guess it weighs about 3/4 of a ton which is a fair weight to move about by hand but with big levers and a little planning I can unload a tree like this on my own.