Turned Kokeshi dolls

November 21, 20142 Comments

Coming up in the next episode I’m returning to the lathe to knock out a couple of projects to wrap up the whole Movember theme I started with the beard comb. I know you probably already have an idea of what the project will be, but just in case you don’t, I’m not ruining the surprise.

wood kokeshi doll

In the meantime, to help hold you over until I get it posted on Monday (that way you have something to watch if you’re traveling for Thanksgiving…because I’m a giver like that) I thought I’d share this turning video someone sent me a while ago.

The article is from a post on mental_floss:

“Kokeshi dolls are handmade wooden dolls that originated in Northern Japan. Originally created for tourists visiting the hot springs, they are made up of a body, head, and thin lines of paint, usually in red and black. The dolls are beautifully simple, featuring no limbs or unusual colors. Although there are many different types of these toys, the most dominant is the Naruko style, seen in the video above.

This tetotetote-produced video features Yasuo Okazaki, an artist whose craft has been passed down from his father. The artist carves the doll from spinning blocks of wood in a process not unlike pottery. There’s something extremely relaxing and satisfying about watching the doll being formed right in front of your eyes.”

After watching it I have to keep reminding myself it’s all about practice, practice, practice. I doubt I’ll be able to replicate one any time soon, but it’s a lot of fun to watch this craftsman make them.

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  1. Joseph says:

    Love how that head popped in with the heat expansion I assume?

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