Wood Engraving

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Manpei Hotel & Icchodo

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The disassembled pieces of the furniture to be engraved

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Rough Sketch  The artist draws an outline and rough sketch of the requested pattern.

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Nomi Chiseling  Following the rough sketch, the artist begins chiseling out the design.
photo of the nomi chisels

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Increasing the Detail  To give a sharper appearance to the floating design, carvers work around the rougher chiseled areas with a fine or flat chisel.  photo of the flat knife

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Details in the Design For the leaves and flowers, a wide shallow chisel is used to give the illusion of greater depth.  photo of the wide shallow chisel

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Fine Etching  The carvers continue to smooth curves and add stamens, veins, and other fine lines to flowers and leaves, using an etching knife.   photo of the etching knife

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Star Chiseling  Using the three-point star chisel, crafters further engrave and emboss the flower petals and other sections.   photo of the star chisel