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Wood craftsman "Kai-shi (懐志)" made "Keyaki / Zelkova" Go bowls, "Hon-in-bo gata" Shape

¥38,500

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This is made from the highest quality Keyaki [zelkova] wood, that is famous for its beautiful grain patterns and gloss color.

This go bowl's shape is made in the traditional bamboo shape called "Hon-in-bo gata".
This is a sample image. Please kindly understand the actual design may be a little bit different or changed.

You can watch a video of Making Go bowls by wood craftsman "Kai-shi(懐志)".
Please take a look.


Long-established business founded in Kansei Era (around 1790)
"Kai-shi (懐志)", a long-established woodworking company, was founded in the Kansei era (around 1790).
When the company was first established, it made trays, wooden plates, and other tableware, but later, when it was commissioned to make Go bowls, it became a woodworking company specializing in Go bowls.
The word "Kai-shi (懐志)" expresses their desire to "never forget the techniques handed down from generation to generation and our sincere efforts to make Go bowls, and to carve our thoughts into our own bosom with high aspirations."
Currently, the fourth generation of the family, who has devoted 65 years of his life to making Go bowls, is devoting himself to making Go bowls every day.

The essence of "Kai-shi (懐志)" 4th generation's Go bowls making is to maximize the beauty of the material, wood, and to create Go bowls that combine practicality and artistry.
Facing each material one by one and checking the feel of it in their fingertips and palms, they transform the wood into a Go bowls.
And the proof of this is the engraving of "Kai-shi (懐志)" on the bottom of the Go bowls.

All the tools for making Go bowls are handmade.
All necessary tools are customize.
*Please check the photo images.

Today's round-shaped Go bowl is called 'Yasui type'.
But until Yasui type emerged, this "Hon-in-bo" shape was more popular and mainstream for a long time of Japanese history.
The "Hon-in-bo gata" shape Go bowl looks like bamboo as you see from the photo image.
Yasui-shaped Go bowls are popular in general, but "Hon-in-bo gata" shape is loved by serious players and collectors who are fascinated by its traditional technique and its unique character.
Keyaki [zelkova] is one of the most popular materials for Japanese wood crafts as it has not only clear grain patterns but also water- and humidity-resistant.
  • Keyaki [zelkova] "hon-in-bo gata" shape Go bowls
  • Conformity Go stone for size:
    size 30 - 35
    size 36 - 42
    *Please select size
  • 1,000 JPY flat rate shipping within Japan, free shipping for purchases totaling 20,000 JPY or more.
    Please bear the actual cost for shipping charges outside Japan.
You may find small knots, burrs, rolled-in bark as all these products are made of natural wood materials.
There may be some small flaw or scratch, dent, chipping.

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