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Rakuken

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#65529 What Makes A Good Mizusashi Good?

Posted by Rakuken on 02 September 2014 - 10:22 PM

A couple of thoughts............
 
Make sure that the balance of the lid is such that when it is leaned on the side of the mizusashi in use it will CLEARLY remain in place easily without "fussing".  It shouldn't want to slip, fall over backwards toward the knob, or tend to roll away due to off center weight distribution.
 
Make sure the top opening will easily accomodate a "standard" chashaku (ladle) at the typical angle that it will hit the form when it is filled with the appropriate level of water.
 
Make sure it does not LEAK!  (Hagi type glazes on non vitrified bodies can be problematic.)
 
Depending on the type of Chakai........ it needs to be GRACEFULLY carried into the tearoom full of water and set down.......... watch total weight and the way the top might encourage of inhibit slohing and spilling.
 
best,
 
.................john


Toshio Ohi San of Japan measured one of my mizusashi opening with his fist.

Aloha, Ken


#62925 What Makes A Good Mizusashi Good?

Posted by Rakuken on 21 July 2014 - 01:22 AM

Ken, those are absolutely stunning!  Did you use real urushi for the cover finish?
 
They have a look that makes me want to open them and look inside.

It's not urushi, it's auto paint. I go thru the process of sealing, priming and spray painting the wood covers. I retired as an auto painter. There are a few more mizusashi pictures in my gallery.
Aloha, Ken


#62922 What Makes A Good Mizusashi Good?

Posted by Rakuken on 21 July 2014 - 12:35 AM

I love making a mizusashi. Here are a few. I also made and finished the wood covers.
Aloha, Ken

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#62837 Hakeme Slip Recipe

Posted by Rakuken on 20 July 2014 - 02:18 AM

My Hakeme brush and results. Brush is made with jute twine. I hot glued a few strands to get the scratching effect.
Aloha, Ken

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#60379 Anyone Make A Slab Roller?

Posted by Rakuken on 09 June 2014 - 01:21 PM

Ken the cable setup is very similar to the Brent/Amaco I had in my classroom. But then that one costs a bit more this day and age. I think ours was the SR 14 with its own stand.

Pres, the cable set up is the same configuration as the Brent. All the parts were bought at hardware stores. Still using it.
Aloha, Ken


#60351 Anyone Make A Slab Roller?

Posted by Rakuken on 09 June 2014 - 12:49 AM

I made this slab roller about 30 years ago.
https://flic.kr/s/aHsiQJgTv1

Aloha, Ken


#57181 Kiln Design Question

Posted by Rakuken on 23 April 2014 - 12:36 AM

Picture of my converted kiln. Up draft, two forced burners for even heat, cone 10.
Aloha, Ken
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#57128 Kiln Design Question

Posted by Rakuken on 22 April 2014 - 12:22 AM

Check out this kiln.
https://www.facebook...39501636&type=3


#49846 Cannot See Witness Cones

Posted by Rakuken on 10 January 2014 - 01:36 AM

I use a high intensity LED flashlight to view the cones. (TechLite lumen master) You can Google the name to get more info. I also made a video showing the results with the flashlight. In the video cone 9 is on the left starting to bend.
I posted this info once before but no one responded. I have a friend that also uses the TechLite.
Aloha,
http://www.flickr.co...@N05/6698264613