(Note: I have invited Martin Pauli from ManuPropria to do a guest post on my blog and share his great knowledge on Urushi and the art of the Japanese lacquer. This post is written by Martin Pauli himself, with some very minor edits on format and punctuation by me.) First I would like to thank Maybelline for her excellent post and event on my fountain pens. I would also like to express my appreciation on all your positive comments after visiting my website. I allow myself to write down some information on urushi lacquer for those that are not too familiar with it. Urushi is a precious natural material and is the most important material in Japan lacquer art. Only 150g of sap can be collected from each mature lacquer tree over ten years old. In comparison to the world’s annual yield of diamonds which is about 30 tons, only 1.5 tons of the internationally recognized highest quality Japanese urushi can be obtained in a year. Last February I had the chance to pick up 1.5 kg of finest “sakari urushi” harvested in late Summer 2007 in the mountains of Nagano, Japan. Today in Japan, 90% of the urushi lacquer used is Chinese origin, processed in Japan because it […]
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