Japan’s Best Wood Carving Technique of Wonder and Splendor from Highly-Skilled Carpenters Use over 200 Chisels and Knives
Inami Chokoku Craftsman: Tanaka Fumiaki (田中 郁聡さん)
Master Inami Chokoku Craftsman: Mr. Ikeda Seikichi (池田 誠吉さん)
► Contact Information
Inami Chokoku Craftsman: Tanaka Fumiaki
MOBILE: +81 90-5108-5558
► Where to Buy & More Information
Inami-Chokoku Sogo Kaikan
Address: 733 Kitagawa, Nanto-shi, Toyama, 932-0226, Japan
Closed: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, around the New Year
Business Hours: 9am to 5pm
Inami Woodcarvings are produced in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture mainly in the form of transoms, decorative objects, and single-leaf screens.
They are usually made of Japanese camphor, paulownia, or zelkova wood, and carved with landscapes, flowers and birds, human figures, animals or dragons.
Inami Woodcarvings are distinguished by the exceptional woodcarving skills producing three-dimensional works filled with life and movement.
In recent years, a good many Inami woodcarvers have combined their dragon or lion motifs with the modern electric guitar; Inami Woodcarvings are now known as a traditional craft continuously taking on new challenges.
► Types of Inami Carving
1. Ranma (欄間)
The ranma or transom is an element in a Japanese structures washitsu room. Its purpose is for lighting, ventilation and decoration. In the photo, the piece above the open sliding door in the center is the ranma. In actuality, it is an element that is essential to a washitsu style room more so because it exudes the prestige of the washitsu room or the building itself rather than for its practical reasons of lighting and ventilation.
2. Tsuitate (衝立)
Tsuitate refers to a partition used in a Japanese room. It can be moved around. When it is placed in a room, you can immediately divide the space into 2 smaller rooms. It helps make practical use of widely open washitsu rooms. Similar to the ranma, the tsuitate is often decorated with intricate designs. It is similar in function to a simplified sliding door (fusuma).
Nameplate with the Surname Matsui (松井)
4. A Figurine
5. Modern Works: Collaboration with Motor Vehicle, Star Wars,Guitar
► General Production Process
1. Drawing the Design
3. Rough Shaping
4. Rough Carving
5. Finish Carving
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Japan’s Best Wood Carving Technique from Highly-Skilled Carpenters Use over 200 Chisels and Knives