Akita Sugi Oke TaruAkita Cedar Cooperage
Sheet, baseplate, handle which we used for pail considered to belong to the 15th to the 16th century are excavated from the remains of Akita Castle.
Record that pail was used for in liquor shop of current Ogachimachi remains in diary of early Akita feudal clan senior retainer in the Edo era.
Pail, ark, carrying box (okamochi) of the early 19th century are left in Aoyagi-ke House of Kakunodatemachi. This is ryu (save) coating and is used copper taga, bamboo tagaga. Form is the same as current thing.
Elements of tubs dating from the 15th and 16th centuries have been discovered at the former site of Akita castle. Records dating from the beginning of the 17th century kept by one of the old families of the Akita clan, make it clear that tubs were being used at a sake maker within the present-day district of Ogatsu-cho.
There are also 19th century examples of different types of barrels and tubs preserved by the Aoyagi family of another district, Kakunodate-cho. They have a coating of lacquer and both copper and bamboo bands were used, and the shapes are the ones which are followed today.
The wood from natural stands of local cedar has a fine straight grain and besides having a wonderful scent, it is not prone to distortion as the wood moves so little. The superb quality of the wood contributes to the warmth of this craft and brings both charm and a sense of quality to the lives of those that use these tubs and barrels. The scent of the wood is especially contributive to the value of such items as Japanese bath tubs, tubs for sushi, beer tankards, sake flasks, and rice tubs. Flower vases, too, benefit from the wood in a different way, as do candy tubs and umbrella stands.
|Industrial art object name
||Akita Sugi Oke Taru
|Classification of industrial art object
||Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork
||Ark (hitsu), cake bowl, vase, sake barrel, Choshi barrel, beer mug, sushi plate, bath basin, umbrella stand
|Main production area
||Akita / Odate-shi, Noshiro-shi, Akita-shi, Yokote-shi others
|The designation date
||May 31, 1984
■local production associations
■Associated exhibit space, facility
Natural Akita cedar has annual ring equal, and it is smooth, and flavor is good, and confusion is hard to occur beautifully because there are few expansion and contraction and has superior characteristic. Warmth of tree of Akita Sugi Oke Taru gives moisture and the richness in life.
Natural Akita ceder, in addition to its fine annual tree rings, natural beauty, rich scent, is resistant to stretching and shrinking, which prevents deviations in the finished product, making it an excellent crafting material. Akita ceder wooden pails use this wonderful material to bring a rich warmth to everyday life.
How to make
Production process is greatly distributed between six. We make straight-grained board (masame) board, strip of paper-formed small board called "kure" (come) of cross grain board from log and hang gaizuku (we boil the outside), naizuku (we beat and boil) and fix external form. We put a hoop on thing which put up "kure" like ring and touch bottom and cover (cover) and polish bare wood (pheasant) and finish in synthetic resin paint, persimmon juice.
The method of production is divided into six primary stages. The individual slats of the barrel, “kure”, are made using straight-grained narrow boards of wood. A special inner lathe and outer lathe is then used to shape the boards into the barrel shape. After the kure slats are stood in the shape of a barrel, the outer bamboo hoops are bound, and the bottom and top are set. The wooden base is then polished, and finished with a coating of combined resin or persimmon tannin.
Voice from production center
Pail vinegars "kure" using materials of straight-grained board in bamboo, copper, brass (brass) taga, and ark does the bottom of the tree with container which we had, and covers such as running out of meal (hangi) ri say thing which is not fixed. Barrel is thing with fixed cover like sake barrel using materials of the cross grain. After use, you wash early and wipe off with tender cloth, and direct rays of the sun and heater, ventilation avoid good place, and please save.