2012年1月8日

Hand carved Japanese house name plate

Almost all Japanese houses have a name plate posted outside the front door, or on a wall/fence at the front gate. Japanese last names usually consist of one to three kanji  letters (Chinese characters). Most name plates are made from stone, ceramic tile, or metal as they last longer. Wood is used occasionally, but it will eventually weather if not looked after.
I carved this sign for someone named Saito (read from the top to bottom).

"Saito" name plate, hand carved from katsura wood - 8 x 15 cm

2 件のコメント:

Josh Coots さんのコメント...

I am going to meet my girlfriends parents for the first time in August, they are Japanese. I know that bringing a gift when you meet someone is very important. I want to make that sign like you did for them...question what tools did you use to carve out SATIO? And any advice that you learned from this project? Thanks

DJB さんのコメント...

Howdy,

I used mostly a v-shaped chisel, and a narrow-tipped flat chisel for cleaning up.
This font is quite angular, but for more rounded fonts, a flat chisel (with a slightly angled tip) would probably be easier for carving curves as the v-shaped chisel can rip, or cause breakout.

HTH