Nanbu tekki Ver.3  Manufacturing

We hear the footsteps of springs now.

Japanese plum blossoms begin blooming in the small corner of outside of our building.



Plum blossoms are one of the representative flowers which are full bloom in the cold season at the end of winter.

Language of these beautiful flowers are "Keep your promise"," fidelity", "Beauty and longevity".
Plum blossoms ware so popular among the aristocrats in Japan.

Seisho Nagon who is very famous female writer of the Makura no Soshi (The Pillow book) in Heian era (11th century) loved plum blossoms so much especially red plum blossoms.
She wrote about the red plum blossoms as follows; Konohana ha Koki mo Usuki mo Kobai.

It means that; The most beautiful flowers among tree flowers are the red plum blossoms wheather the color of flowers is light or dark.


Plum blossoms blooming in the still cold season is also the symbol of beautiful women of Japan who live strongly even under a lot of difficulty.


Well, today is the last column about the serie of Nanbu tekki,

We will introduce how to manufacture this fine and beautiful ironware.


As you know, this Nanbu tekki is "iron casting product".
Iron casting means pouring the melted metal into the mold of some shape. Modern iron casting is by the process of machines but Nanbu tekki is manufactured by the hands of craft person with the sophisticated technique based on the traditional way.


The process of manufacturing Nanbu tekki.

1, Design the shape
Draw the design of picture and decide the shape of product.


2, Cross-section of design
Cut the metal plate of the shape of cross-section of product design.


3, Make a mold
 Mix the sand and clay by hand, then set the metal plate of "process 2" to grind well.


The shape becomes like the design already decided like "process 1."

4, Emboss the pattern interior of the mold before dry up.

5, Bake above mold (process 3) over the charcoal with the temperature 800℃


6, Shape the hollow part of product with sand.

7, Put the hollow part in the mold and pour the melted iron in.



8, Bake the whole mold over the charcoal with the temperature 900℃.

9,Polish up the surface of product.


10, Heat the product with the temperature 250℃, then apply the cashew paint.


Regarding the process of the Nanbu tekki we deal, please see the manufacturing process from following movie.
Please enjoy the crossing world of traditional way and modern technology.

https://youtu.be/axGveIQATJw



Thank you for reading this the end!

If you are interested in more, please browse our products page.
https://store.kyotohandicraftcenter.com/collections/ironware


寒さの中にも春の足音が近づいてきています。

なんと、梅の花が咲き始めました。




京都ハンディクラフトセンターのとある一角で静かに春を告げています。



日本を代表する花といえば桜をイメージされる方も多いと思いますが、実は梅はまだ寒い時分に花を咲かせることから
新春のおめでたい花として、そして高貴な花として愛されているのですね。

梅の花ことばは「約束を守る)」「忠実である」「美と長寿」。


特に紅梅は「あでやかさ」が特徴で清少納言が大変愛した花でもあります。
枕草子には「木の花は濃きも薄きも紅梅(木の花は花の色が濃くても薄くてもやはり紅梅でしょう!)」と書き記しているのが印象的です。


さて、今回で最終回となる南部鉄器シリーズですが、今日は南部鉄器がどのようにして製造されるのかをご紹介したいと思います。


南部鉄器ができるまでのプロセス


1、デザインを決める

2、デザイン型の断面を金属の板で作る
  ※昔は木の板で作っていたことから、今でも「木型」という呼び方をします。


3、鋳型つくり 
  砂と粘土を混ぜ合わせ、2の金属板を枠に入れて挽き、鋳型を作る。


3、2で作った鋳型が乾く前に、いろいろな模様を表面に押す。


4、3を800度の炭火で焼く。


5、中子をつくる。内側を空洞にするための中子を砂でつくる。


6、中子をセットして鋳型を組み立てて、溶解した鉄を流し込む

7、6を900度の炭火で焼く。

8、研磨して仕上げる。

9、250度の炭火で熱してカシュー塗料を塗る。

弊社でお取り扱いしております南部鉄器の製造方法はこちらより御覧いただけます。

伝統と新しいテクノロジーが織りなす南部鉄器の世界をどうぞお楽しみください!
https://youtu.be/axGveIQATJw

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