Raised in Scotland, travelled and lived in SE Asia for a considerable number of years, I’ve encountered many many pronunciations / inflections / intonations etc. when pronouncing a word for Tea / Cha .. Throughout Mainland China you hear a potpourri of pronunciations for “Cha” 茶 .. from a soft “sha” to a crisp “Ta”. Mostly encountered when being asked to “Drink Tea” He Cha 喝茶. The pronunciation of; Drink he 喝 also has regional variations. Most common sound like the English “her” (The possessive form of she) as in; Her book.
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The more I think and plan making a Buddhist Alter inspired Tea Caddy, I was favoring the style and wood coloring pictured below, the more impracticable it becomes. I just don’t have the free space to house it and I abhor over furnishing. So I’ll put in to the back burner on a very low heat.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Lead up / backstory ……………
It’s probable ever since we had Tea we have had a need for Tea Caddies. Growing up in Scotland and literally having a score of Aunties, tea caddies were ubiquities and varied. Indian black tea was the primary tea being stored and served.
In addition we had a fair umber of Hong Kong Chinese families settled in an around Ayrshire. Going to Primary and Secondary school with the kids of Chinese family's I had early exposure to Guangdong / Hong Kong – Cantonese style of tea culture. Needless to say Scottish tea culture (stretching the use of “Culture”) is vastly different to those of China … pause for nostalgic laugh
Having a sizable collection of Chinese teas allows me the opportunity to amass a number of tea caddies. I have a thought of using the design and proportions of a Buddhist Alter, proportioned for use in the home, as a starting point for a new caddie.
Yes we are inching toward the metric system Couple of examples below. Updates to come as the endeavor progresses. Watch is VERY interesting YT video form a extremely down to earth Kiwi woodworker: A Buddhist Altar, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otvEJVPgKyA
Thursday, December 07, 2017
David Bull is the go-to guy for Japanese Woodblock Prints and Carving. Recently a collaboration between David and an American artist, Jed Henry, has introduced an English Carver / Printer: William Francis
Recently a print designed by Jed Henry, carved and printed by William Francis is available for sale in David’s Tokyo store and on Jed’s Web site: http://ukiyoeheroes.com/ https://shop.ukiyoeheroes.com/collections/handmade-woodblock-prints/products/tiger-rider-woodblock-print
William has posted on his instagram site a few pictures that wonderfully show the progression of carving a Key-Block.
These three tools are all, now, very sharp, ready to use. The center tool is by Hirsch, my go-to favorite.
Hirsch Carving Tools
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Setting up to sharpen a number of dual bevel edge carving tools. Used for fine detail carving wood blocks. This is a little different than “standard” single bevel edge sharpening. I’ll be expanding on this over the next few posts.
The Hangi-to tool, the most useful and important tool in woodblock printmaking. (also called the kiridashi. It is capable of cutting intricate, flowing lines that are at the heart of Japanese printmaking. All the outlines in the print are carved with this tool.