02-03-2018, 07:56 AM
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山の鳥 来てさわぎゐる 桜かな

Yama no tori kite sawagi wiru sakura ka na

Haiku by Yamaguichi Seison

Bird of the Mountain
it arrived and it disturbed
the cherry blossom





This is a Danitrio Takumi size fountain pen based on the haiku seen above. The pen is the work of Katsuhiro (Katsuhiro Nishi) and is done using the Chinkin techniques as practiced in Wajima City. Chinkin begins like most urushi and maki-e art with building the base layers but then the design pattern is placed using urushi.  The pattern is then hand chiseled using a variety of different size and style points, then the incised lines are filled with finely ground powders of different colors and a final clear urushi top coat applied.




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The haiku is also incised as three lines, written vertically and reading from right to left.




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 02-03-2018, 11:23 AM
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Amazing artwork. How does it feel in your hand?

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 02-03-2018, 01:34 PM
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(02-03-2018, 11:23 AM)lloydrm Wrote: Amazing artwork. How does it feel in your hand?

Urushi feels great in hand, warm and smooth. The Takumi size is slightly larger than a Montblanc 149 yet relatively light. It does not feel slick even when wet.

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 02-03-2018, 01:38 PM
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Very very nice. Enjoy

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 02-03-2018, 01:43 PM
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Superb!

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 02-03-2018, 01:46 PM
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That is beautiful.

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 02-03-2018, 03:23 PM
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Very special pen.  Very special.  Good for you.

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 02-03-2018, 03:43 PM
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It's a beautiful pen.  Thanks for posting the photos.

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 02-04-2018, 05:27 AM
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Stunning.  It's an amazing pen.

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 02-04-2018, 06:27 AM
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Thanks folk.  For wonderful maki-e it's pretty hard to beat Danitrio. Here is one done by Kogaku (Koichiro Okazaki ) he called Ancient Flowers.

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It is an octagonal body, the Sho (slight shorter version) Hakkaku model.

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 02-04-2018, 07:58 AM
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Amazing.  What are the pens resting on?  It looks like a print that nearly matches the pen.

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 02-04-2018, 08:30 AM
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(02-04-2018, 07:58 AM)Sully Wrote: Amazing.  What are the pens resting on?  It looks like a print that nearly matches the pen.

Glad you noticed.

I was introduced to Asian arts and tales when I was likely 9 or 10 years old and would visit the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore (back when a 9 year old could actually go wander the city streets safely).  The Walters has one of the finest collections of Asian arts in the US and while at first it was the swords and armor and mummies that attracted me it was the tales told by the adults there that really began my education.

The backgrounds are sections from different prints from the Walters collections that I find interesting in relation to the object I am photographing.


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 02-04-2018, 09:54 AM
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Thanks for the explanation.  I have always been fascinated by Japanese culture and art.  I have a print of The Great Wave off Kanagawa hanging in my office, next to a print from Maxfield Parrish.

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