An American potter's journal about making and collecting utensils for her study of chanoyu.
In addition to making ceramic objects in her home studio, Linda collects materials and makes one-of-a-kind chabako, the small portable box that holds almost all the items needed for the five variations of this specific traditional Japanese tea ritual.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Two New Boxes!
Today's chabako hunt yields 2 more pieces!
First, I stopped by my favorite resale shop and found a wooden box to convert. The photo on the left is my "real" chabako sitting on top to compare the size. It won't be hard to take off the hinges and finish the inside.
I also finally found a clear plastic box that was designed with an inner removable frame for mini hanging-file for CD sleeves.
In the photo below, the frame is "pretending" to be the inner chabako tray. My plan is to glue a clear plastic bottom to the frame, if I can figure out how to cut a nice round hole to make room for the chasen tsu-tsu.
In these pictures I chose a cut-glass toothpick-holder from my sensei to be the chakin tsu-tsu, and a little glass bottle as a furidashi for sweets.
I have been looking for a clear or silver tube for the chasen tsu-tsu, but the lacquer chasen-tsu-tsu and wooden hira natsume seem to balance the cold clear pieces. What do you think?