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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Ursinos » Jan 26th, '14, 16:03

Nothing horribly special here, but I thought I'd share.

I don't have a fancy tea tray that drains, but after seeing a hint of damage on the bookshelf beside my desk that is my "tea table" from moisture, I figured I needed to protect it.

I had a slab of wood I'd gotten a couple years ago for a woodcarving project I'd never gotten around to, so I dug it up, carved an indent for my glass gongfu pot (which I've been warned is delicate and am paranoid about it getting knocked off the shelf).

Also, this winter has been horrible on the trees around here, but it's great for woodcarvers like myself :D Managed to find a nice sized chunk of birch and got the idea of making an asian sized "kuksa" (a northern european camp cup, basically). Not really suitable for use with TGY (imparts a woody taste to the tea), but works just find with my lapsang :D

I'm half contemplating trying my hand at some scrimshaw work on the cup, and maybe putting some drain grooves into the tray itself (just to channel any small spills).
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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by debunix » Jan 26th, '14, 16:15

Sweet!

Nice feeling to that set.

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Ursinos » Jan 26th, '14, 16:17

debunix wrote:Sweet!

Nice feeling to that set.
thanks :D I think I'm going to need to carve a second cup though, cause it's not big enough to hold a full brew from that pot lol. Either that or I need a small serving pitcher lol

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Chip » Jan 26th, '14, 21:09

Ursinos, homemade = awesome! We have a Dawn Redwood tree that I would love to harvest some wood from for teaware accessories. And European Beech ... oh, and maybe one day Japanese Maple. And some native woods.

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Chip » Jan 26th, '14, 21:11

Another carved Obon from Japan. I was concerned when buying that maybe this one would be plastic despite seller's claim to the contrary. But it is definitely wood.

Is it Kamakura-Bori ... I think so but not certain as I see trays labeled as such and otherwise that are same style.

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Ursinos » Jan 26th, '14, 21:35

Chip wrote:Ursinos, homemade = awesome! We have a Dawn Redwood tree that I would love to harvest some wood from for teaware accessories. And European Beech ... oh, and maybe one day Japanese Maple. And some native woods.

feel free to send a bit of that wood my way :D

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Chip » Jan 27th, '14, 22:43

Ursinos wrote:feel free to send a bit of that wood my way :D
There are also massive Black Walnut trees ... lots of them. They would make striking accessories.

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Chip » Jan 27th, '14, 22:48

This Kamakura-Bori Obon is really a best supporting teaware being used virtually everyday as a laborer transporting teawares to the tea table and then back again. Today I also used it as the primary tea tray.

It is quite used ... but still in very good condition for its age.

I consider this one to be classic Kamakura-Bori with the repeating carving of the wood and classic color of the region.

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Ursinos » Jan 27th, '14, 23:19

Chip wrote:
Ursinos wrote:feel free to send a bit of that wood my way :D
There are also massive Black Walnut trees ... lots of them. They would make striking accessories.
send me some of that and I'll carve you one of those good luck figures for your tea tray lol :D

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Chip » Jan 28th, '14, 12:34

... there are obviously recurring themes in Japanese teaware related items. Fuji, the sun, Sakura, Momiji ... and cranes.

This obon is definitely old, but aged very well. The crane detail is very striking. It came as a set of two, one small and this large one ... along with its original box which is a nice plus for storing and possibly future identification. The trays are definitely wood.

Due to the glossy finish and to avoid scratching, I place rough clay teaware on small Japanese cloth pieces til I figure something better.

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by kyarazen » Jan 29th, '14, 11:44

lin's ceramics tea tray :) its a joy to use.

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by woozl » Jan 29th, '14, 15:11

I have aquired some cherry wood burls. They need to season, but
I sense a project comming..... :D

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by Ursinos » Jan 29th, '14, 15:20

woozl wrote:I have aquired some cherry wood burls. They need to season, but
I sense a project comming..... :D
be sure to post the results :D

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by 茶藝-TeaArt08 » Jan 29th, '14, 15:21

Ursinos wrote:
woozl wrote:I have aquired some cherry wood burls. They need to season, but
I sense a project comming..... :D
be sure to post the results :D
+1 :D

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Re: Best Supporting Teaware(s)!

by 茶藝-TeaArt08 » Jan 29th, '14, 15:29

kyarazen wrote:lin's ceramics tea tray :) its a joy to use.

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I have the same tray, though I believe mine is the next size smaller, and I appreciate its subtle and clean aesthetic as well as its really useful durability. Is the one you have there the one with or without the interior water tray? The one I own merely has a drain hole and tube. In fact, I really enjoy the full range of Lin's Ceramics wares. Most often I see them at Tzu Chi (http://www.us.tzuchi.org/us/en/) tea settings in Taiwan. They function well and have their own unique aesthetic.

Blessings!

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