View Full Version : Interesting carving method-Ukibori

Joe Pelonio
08-29-2007, 4:13 PM
Has anyone seen (or used) this method of soaking wood in hot water to bring out a texture (Ukibori)? The results are amazing to me. It's a method used by people that carve very small items, the Japanese tradition of netsuke. I have not seen it before but it came up when I was looking at some bonsai related art.

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John Schreiber
08-30-2007, 1:56 PM
I've never seen that before. It makes sense though, they are creating a compressed area in the wood, sanding it smooth, then wetting it to make the compressed area expand again.

Too clever.

hout mannetje
04-08-2008, 2:48 PM
like the look of the details
I also checked more of his carvings on his homepage
carved porcelain he calls this

cheers, Houtmannetje

Steve Hamlin
04-11-2008, 6:46 AM
Cool stuff.
Frank Klausz uses a similar technique to make his sharpening trough watertight - sort of self-caulking butt joints. But of course that's only functional - this is neat.

Sam Yerardi
04-11-2008, 7:52 AM

that is wood? That is amazing if it is.

hout mannetje
05-02-2008, 6:30 PM
hout = wood
mannetje = little man

we refer to houtmannetje as someone who knows what to do with the stuff!?!?