Kasukabe Kiri TansuKasukabe Paulownia Chests
Craftsman who gathered to make Toshogu, Nikko in the early period of Edo era settles down in Kasukabe that is post town of Nikko Kaido and is informed tree of drill produced at the outskirts when there is what have begun to make materials and armor-back held-flag and accessory which did by opening.
It is indicated that form of production center has begun to be already set because paulownia chest with supplier approximately ten being written down for documents which are in the middle of the Edo era and endorsement of "1772 (Meiwa 9)" exists.
At the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), craftsmen who had gathered to build the Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, took up residence in Kasukabe, an inn town along the old Nikko post road. It is said that these craftsmen were responsible for starting this craft by making cabinets and small articles out of paulownia taken from the surrounding area.
It is possible to gain some idea of where and when production in the area began from a document which was written in the middle of the Edo period, mentioning ten such craftsmen. Further evidence of these early beginning is a paulownia chest dated 1772 on the back that still exists today.
From as far back as the Edo period, these chests have been characterized by their linear design, quiet and simple appearance with no unnecessary decoration, having been fostered by a warrior culture which respected solidity and undecorated elegance. Wardrobes, chest of draws and more traditional chest are being made to the same guidelines today.
|Industrial art object name
||Kasukabe Kiri Tansu
||In the wall to lend, it is chest
|Classification of industrial art object
||Woodcraft, Bamboo Craftwork
||Wardrobe, extraction (drawer) chest, wardrobe
|Main production area
||Saitama / Saitama-shi, Kasukabe-shi, Koshigaya-shi, Shiraoka-machi, Minamisaitama-gun
|The designation date
||August 3, 1979
■local production associations
Kasukabe paulownia chest association
1-7-14, Nakacho, Iwatsuki-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama
■Associated exhibit space, facility
As we have been brought up from old days of Edo by simple and sturdy samurai culture, it features design based on the quiet, simple appearance and straight line that abolished useless decoration.
From as far back as the Edo period, Kasukabe Kiri Tansu paulownia chests have been characterized by their linear design, quiet and simple appearance with no unnecessary decoration, having been fostered by a warrior culture which respected solidity and undecorated elegance.
How to make
Process of manufacture is divided into "raw wood sawing" "body processing" "each part processing" "coloration processing" "metal fittings installation" roughly. We spend a good labor and time on processing of board to fully draw beauty of material which is life of paulownia chest. We have a good command of traditional technique in junction and, using pure board (we repaid) of tree of drill which let you naturally dry enough, assemble firmly.
The method of producing the chests is largely divided into the steps of preparing the wood, assembling the body, assembling the various parts, coloring and then setting the metal finishings. To express the full beauty of the paulownia wood, the very soul of Kiri Tansu chests, no shortcuts are taken in the diligent preparation of the boards. After sufficient natural drying, the pure paulownia wooden boards are assembled using a variety of traditional joinery methods to produce a robust and sturdy finished product.
Voice from production center
As for the genuine paulownia chest, all junctions are made with pattern practice with a partner and wooden nail called "beating tree". As beating tree sees head in a circle, we know immediately. All the directions of eyes of tree are wide messengers, but, in the shelf in between drawer and drawer, imitation puts longitudinal drill materials on plywood.