|Project by Keith Jones||posted 01-20-2009 03:31 PM||1498 views||5 times favorited||7 comments|
A friend is in the process of redeveloping an old industrial site in NE Philadelphia and offered me the lumber from the old rooftop water tanks that he was removing. The lumber turned out to be beautiful straight grained white cedar that we believe dates to the early 1900’s. The faces of the boards have been turned a lovely blue gray from exposure. I ripped the sides to expose the unweathered wood and then created nooks in the top for a set of sake cups and a bottle of sake. The cups, or Masu, are the traditional wooden boxes that the Japanese drink their sake from. Normally they are made from Japanese Cedar which is said to impart a specific taste to the sake. I couldn’t find a source for Japanese Cedar and was worried what sake from Western Red Cedar would taste lie so I made mine from hard Maple. If anyone has a source for Japanese Cedar I would love to get some!