Using trees grown in the local “snow country” area, Iwamoto produces high-quality paulownia woodcrafts. Paulownia craft is often used to produce hibachi-style braziers. The paulownia is shaped and then burned to produce its characteristic appearance and enhance the entire piece. The grain gives warmth and, once burned, camouflages damage from charcoal.
Paulownia woodcraft is also the base for a lacquer decoration called kiji-maki-e, or “sprinkled-picture paulownia,” a unique urushi-e technique using lacquer to glue powdered metals onto the motif, leaving the wood grain. Such an intricate process can only be done by artisans with advanced skill.
Our tour will take you through our gallery and paulownia craft studio, established a century ago. You’ll be able to observe the details of this woodcrafting process up close.
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- 3-2 Hyotanmachi, Kanazawa
- 10:00 am – 6:30 pm