Wood craftsman "Kai-shi (懐志)" made "Kaba / Birch" Go bowls


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This is made of "Kaba" [birch], which is very rare as Go Bowls.
It is a rare item that is rarely distributed in the market.

This is a beautiful Go Bowl with a bright, slightly reddish wood color and consistent wood grain.
Extra Large (Go stone size 30 ~ 35) and Super Extra Large (Go stone size 36 ~ size 42) sizes are sold individually, while supplies last.

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.

Kaba wood is a pale white wood with light yellowish-reddish tints and is a member of the birch family.
Its fine grain and whitish appearance give it a gentle atmosphere.
It is a deciduous broad-leaved tree belonging to the birch family, Betulaceae, and is distributed mainly in Hokkaido and north-central Honshu, with northern China, Russia, North Korea, Europe, and North America as its main regions of origin.
In addition to "Kaba," it is also called "makaba," "udai kamba," "Shirakaba" etc.

Characteristics of "Kaba" material
The main characteristic of Kaba wood is its beautiful, fine-grained, lustrous bark.
Combined with its whitish hue, it gives a gentle and elegant atmosphere.
Another feature is its resistance to scratches and shocks.
It is even used for floors in schools, gymnasiums, dance studios, etc., making it an excellent product that can be used for many years.
In addition, the color of the wood is unlikely to change over time, as is often the case with natural wood, so it is difficult to change the impression of the wood from the time of purchase even after many years of continuous use.

  • Product : "Kaba" [birch] Go Bowls
    Conformity Go stone for size :
    size 30 - 35
    size 36 - 42
    *Please select size
    weight :
    Extra Large size about 0.8 kg
    Super Extra Large size about 0.9 kg

  • 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 trees.
There may be some small flaw or scratch, dent, chipping.

Only 1 piece in stock!

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