Show: Go The Distance TV

Episode: 0008 GTD Presents A Japanese Master Wood Craftsmen.mpg

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Go The Distance TV Presents A Japanese Master Wood Craftsmen

In this show from Japan you will meet Mr. Nobuyuki Takahashi a master wood carver (Sasano Ittobori). Nobuyuki-san has been carving Otakapoppo for 35 years now and highly recognized in Japan and around the world for his craftsmanship skills.

Nobuyuki-san carves logs into the shape of a birds (hawks) as well as other animals using only a flat, square-shaped chisel called a sarukiri.

Using a sarukiri, which has blades on the side and the tip, a carver quickly carves the surface of a log to make feather like wood pieces curved in the same direction. The craftsman must be careful that the object does not absorb water because this would stretch the wood and ruin the curls.

This process is only possible due to the natural properties of the soft and viscid koshiabura tree.

Although Nobuyuki Takahashi pieces are simple, it takes a great deal of skill to create objects of the highest quality.

Using the viscid wood, the craftsmen works on logs, trying to keep the grain straight so that sharp lines are emphasized in the finished carvings.

He has visited several places in Japan and overseas to demonstrate how to make Sasano-ittobori.

His travels took him to Disneyland in Calif., on six different occasions, where his demonstrations were popular and onlookers were full of curiosity as they watched him create a bird with a layer of beautiful feathers using only his chisel and a log.

We hope your inspired by Nobuyuki Takahashi skills.

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