Currently, the only shakuhachi I have for sale at this time are the Bell shakuhachi linked above.
Each piece of madaké bamboo is a sonic puzzle with a myriad of ways in which a maker can “solve”. In the end, my works are a collaboration between me and the bamboo, allowing a unique voice to sing. Moreover, I offer my work with bamboo to dedicated practitioners and I’m also open to commission work with experienced individuals who need something specific. In short, I chronicle my work with jinashi and jimori bamboo shakuhachi.
(2020 – waiting on bamboo to dry…)
Jinashi and Jimori Shakuhachi
The sort-of compound words ji-ari, ji-mori, and ji-nashi all begin with the term ji (jiari 地塗り, jimori 地盛り, jinashi 地無し). Often, shakuhachi makers use the word ji to refer to any substance which they apply to the inside of the bamboo bore. Essentially, makers apply ji to tune or balance their shakuhachi, though most don’t consider lacquer or urushi to be a form of tuning. Specifically, makers can use ji to affect play-ability (pitch, tone, and range). Lastly, looking at the second part of these words, ari means “to have”, mori is “a portion”, and nashi means “without” (more on this subject can be found here).
Some works from the past…
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