Odate Mage WappaOdate Bentwood Work
When Yoshinobu Satake who was military commander of Toyotomi who lost in the Battle of Sekigahara was made to move from Mito that was previous territory to Akita by Tokugawa shogunate government, as for the living of citizen of territory of Akita, there was even person who was in trouble for food on the poorly at all day.
Satake west family which became the Odate lord of a castle gave lower grade samurais an order to break poor state using abundant forest resource in the territory and we bent as side business and recommended production of bentwood ware. In addition, it is told farmer to have let raw wood progress as substitute for land tax rice from mountain to castle bottom. Product was carried to Sakata, Niigata, Kanto.
Satake Yoshinobu was a military commander who fought with Toyotomi Hideyoshi at the battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Hideyoshi was vanquished and Satake was ordered by the Tokugawa Shogunate to move from his former domain of Mito to Akita in the extreme north of Honshu. He found the people there were very poor and some did not even have enough to eat. As castellans of Odate castle, the western branch of Satake family set about trying to relieve the poverty of their people by using the rich supplies of timber to be found in the fief.
First, low ranking warriors were ordered to make bentwood goods on a part-time basis. Then, instead of paying their annual tribute in rice, the people were made to fetch the wood required for this bentwood work down from the surrounding mountains. There was soon enough work to sell in such places as Sakata, Niigata and far off Edo and its environs.
Full advantage is taken of the grain and scent of Akita's own supplies of cedar wood, which is also highly flexible. Exemplifying the concept of simple is beautiful, this craft makes the most of the fine grade timber with its fresh red and pale yellow coloring combined with its beautifully tight grain and lightness. They produce tubs for rice, water jugs, trays of various kinds, bento boxes, and even coffee cups and beer tankards. All are beautiful examples of a simple craft.
|Industrial art object name
||Odate Mage Wappa
||Flattery chignon bentwood ware
|Classification of industrial art object
||Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork
||Ark (hitsu), pitcher, tray, sushi bowl, lunch box, cake bowl, accessory case, coffee cup, beer mug
|Main production area
||Akita / Odate-shi
|The designation date
||October 16, 1980
■local production associations
Odate Mage Wappa cooperative association
29-1, Omachi, Odate-shi, Akita
■Associated exhibit space, facility
Straight-grained board (masame) and flavor of natural Akita cedar get *, and grain of wood is full of elasticity with straight. It is light, and distance of annual ring is equal neatly finely, and bright red, grain of wood refined brightly of light yellow are dignified with beauty in taste that is simple to product kept alive
Natural Akita ceder is renowned for its fine straight wood grain, rich scent and strong elasticity. The light wood, neatly lined up bright red and pale yellow annual tree rings of the wood grain all combine create a product abundant in simple, elegant beauty.
How to make
Hand breaks natural Akita cedar or * comes over by sawing thinly and attaches to boiling water. We take up when board softens and bend as if rolling up in tool called kolo on stand and let you put on top of one another and temporarily fasten part and naturally dry. After drying, it is closed and pierces after gluing part of coupling together with adhesive and we sew this hole with skin of cherry tree and stop. We put cover (cover) board or baseplate and we adhere and finish.
Natural Akita ceder is first either peeled by hand or using a saw mill, and the peeled wood is placed in hot water. Once the wood has softened, it is taken from the water and wrapped around a roller to curve the wood. The overlapping wood is then fastened, and the piece is allowed to dry naturally. After the wood has dried, overlapping flaps are fastened with glue, the fastening holes are opened, and cherry bark is used to sew the pieces together. The lid and bottom are then inserted and glued to finish the product.
Voice from production center
Please do not use boiling water. It is sky wiping thing doing with cloth tender immediately after we wash with tepid water. It may be damaged when we polish with scrubbing brush, cleanser. You are transformed when you expose to direct rays of the sun, and please avoid as you might change color.