Good masu making is to feel nature and prepare your heart #Ohashi We Kohei Shibata

We talked to Kohei Shibata, an Ohashi quantum, proposing a variety of shapes, from traditional squats to new ideas that fit in life.


[1] About the trigger of pursuing the path of crafts, the background of your own, the history and formation of the workshop

Good masu making is to feel nature and prepare your heart #Ohashi We Kohei Shibata

Ohashi -mu in Ogaki City, Gifu Prefecture is a maker specializing in Masu founded in 1950. Speaking of masu, even now, the sense of units such as "one go, two go" is soaked in Japanese people. And everyone should be relieved of the sweet scent of natural cypress floating from the basin and smooth skin with warmth.
Kohei Shibata, who was fascinated by such a masu and joined the Ohashi quanti, studied education at university, but he became interested in manufacturing while in contact with friends in art and design faculties. is.
"When I wanted to be involved in the Japanese traditional industry in manufacturing, I was attracted to the Japanese style of Masu. I did it. "
We are working to create a square every day with such thoughts that we want to convey the simple beauty of the Japanese square, which has a history of 1300 years, to many people and the next generation.
[2] What you are working on and conscious to stimulate your five senses.
Mr. Shibata says he is paying attention to the balance between work and private in order to make a good square. He values ​​the time to climb in his leisure.
"Climbing is very important for me because my life is sharp, and when I walk while feeling the scent of the forest, the lumpy rock surface, the barks of insects and birds, I forget my daily life. You can enjoy nature. We usually look at the sky before the start of the start and organize our minds by exposed to sunlight. It would be nice if we could feel the nature even in the morning when it tends to flutter. It will be a day. Both are time required to make good squats. "
The beautifully assembled beautiful basin is created from the accumulation of habits that naturally focus and prepare.

[3] What you value and commitment in the work production, what you want to convey through the work and what you want to fulfill

Good masu making is to feel nature and prepare your heart #Ohashi We Kohei Shibata

Natural cypress has no different designs in the basin because all of the grain, which has grew up in the forest for many years, is different.
"Hinoki is a wood that is soft and easy to process, but there are differences in hardness and wood grain between natural wood and artificial forests, and there are differences in the scent and appearance depending on the production area. Considering the compatibility with, using a cypress with a strong fragrance, the mug, etc., use hard and rarely cypress cypress. We use different cypresses depending on the product to create products that can make use of cypress individuality. I am "
In particular, the scent of sake and cypress is the best compatibility, and the taste of sake makes you feel even more delicious. The tableware of the basin, where you can enjoy the scent of natural wood, should enhance the moment you enjoy meals and alcohol into a more impressive experience.

[4] What we are trying to inherit traditional technology and culture and what we want to challenge in the future

Good masu making is to feel nature and prepare your heart #Ohashi We Kohei Shibata

The traditional basin is a simple rectangular parallelepiped, but recently the development of tableware that can be used as a tableware, and the development of new shapes and ideas such as cups, beerjocchi, etc. created by the teamwork of young craftsmen. Is put in. In the process of making the masu, the skills to master craftsmen tools and knives are required, and detailed manual work.
"Masu can not be deceived because it looks simple. There is only a slight difference in dimensions, there is a gap when assembled, there is not too much glue to adhere to the board, too little, and the amount that can be applied uniformly. I need a craftsmanship to determine. I would like to continue to create a masu that can be deeply involved in Japan's life while sticking to the details that cannot be seen. "
Mr. Shibata's desire to "convey the charm of the Japanese basin to the next generation" is a source of new Masu creation that matches the modern age.


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