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Project by Keith Jones posted 01-20-2009 03:31 PM 1310 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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!

-- Keith





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#1 posted 01-20-2009 04:11 PM

Well, there’s plenty of ”sugi” (AKA Japanese Cedar) around here, Keith but I’m afraid the shipping costs would be somehow expensive. Still, if you are interested, let me know and I’ll find some for you. Maybe some small pieces? Even within Kyoto downtown if you kick a stone you find a lumber mill behind, most of them with beautiful giant slabs on display. Eat your hearts out guys. :o)

And no, I don’t like neither ”sake” nor ”sochu”.

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#2 posted 01-20-2009 05:48 PM

Wouldn’t I love to have a backyard full of sugi! But then I really like the all the reclaimed lumber that I have access to in my neck of the woods.I might just take you up on that offer. What do you think shipping costs would be like? I don’t need too much, those masu cups are quite small. I keep trying to talk my girlfriend into a vacation to Japan with the plan of bringing a load of wood home. She keeps nixing that idea.

-- Keith

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#3 posted 01-20-2009 09:33 PM

great wood and a great project.

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#4 posted 01-21-2009 05:15 PM

Shipping wouldn’t be as expensive as you imagine Keith. It depends on weigh, obviously but JP (Japan Post) is amazingly efficient, fast, and affordable.

If you are interested I could look at the cost of the ”sugi” itself and the shipping (once the size and weight known) and tell you. I’d say that if it is for relatively small projects it is a viable option. Now, if you plan on building a huge chest on chest or a highboy is another matter.

That’ll make for a fun story when showing the piece to your friends.

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#5 posted 01-21-2009 08:52 PM

It would great if you could do that. Each masu takes a 75mm x 350mm – 6mm thick piece of sugi. To start I’d want to get enough stock to make 12 cups. Not sure how lumber mills in Japan operate, but here I’d be looking for 2 board feet of 4/4 stock if that helps…

-- Keith

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#6 posted 01-25-2009 04:55 PM

Hi, Keith.

I should apologize for my delay, I’ve got a quite hectic week but I haven’t forget you. I will probably know something tomorrow so, if you can sent me your mail address by pm, I’ll tell you what I got.

As you probably know, here we operate in metric so measurements will be slightly different from what you normally expect.

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#7 posted 11-21-2009 06:59 AM

This is a beautiful piece, Keith! You said you used maple for the Masu. Did you use any finish on them at all or are they bare wood?

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