Sumitsubo (Japanese ink pot) post

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Japanese ink pot

This is a Sumitsubo – ink line made for my Japanese tools.

The post is pictures from the blog:

1. Sumitsubo – ink line with the Marking Pen – Sumisashi.
2. A piece of fire wood I was given from a friend starts to take form.
3. Shaping.
4. Carving the few details.
5. Preparing the Sumitsubo.
6. My drawing of what I wanted.

The Sumitsubo in use.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows perhaps even a Sumitsubo.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 09-24-2011 11:09 PM

Thats so cool!! I like it alot and might even try it someday

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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David Grimes

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#2 posted 09-24-2011 11:18 PM

Mads, You consistently out-do yourself ! You have found the color black I see. Very, very nice.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 12:16 AM

Someting “fishy” here Mads, are to telling us there are Black fish in the sea, I know some families have the odd Black sheep :::))))))
This is realy cool & a lot of fun

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#4 posted 09-25-2011 12:24 AM

You lean something new everyday. Great work Mads.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 09-25-2011 01:40 AM

Chalk line, now ink line, next you will want a straihgt line ;-)) nice job.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 09-25-2011 02:35 AM

That looks great Mads. It looks like it works great too. Thanks for sharing.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#7 posted 09-25-2011 02:35 AM

Obviously a Black Sea Bass

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#8 posted 09-25-2011 04:14 AM

I like It. you come up with the coolest Ideas thanks!

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#9 posted 09-25-2011 05:44 AM

Looks great in black.
The little fish on the end of the line is a great touch

-- Anthony

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#10 posted 09-25-2011 06:56 AM

Mafe, you always have the most fun projects on the go, wonderful stuff that gives us a smile.
I like the scale drawings you do for your projects, the attention to detail your architect training provided and that you are not afraid to deviate from the plan when necessary.
I have been working more on leather projects the last three weeks..a belt, an i-pod case, a guitar strap and a dog charm.
You helped kindle my leather-work fetish with some of your posts and blogs :)
I will post my Sophia’s Bernese Mountain dog charm to send a smile your way.
Sorry guys no wood was harmed in the making of this dog…made from leather scraps and a painted tongue


-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#11 posted 09-25-2011 09:49 AM

Great project Mads.

I think it is time for a trip to Japan. You are in love with japanese tools…

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 09-25-2011 12:57 PM

nice Mads :-)
do you swiip it like a calkline or do you round the woodpiece on top of the line when marking ?

it looks like a first step to your next project a fishing real and rod :-))

take care

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#13 posted 09-26-2011 08:26 AM

Clever thing.

-- Jiri

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#14 posted 09-29-2011 05:38 AM

Ha! Mads another very interesting and useful tool. That that insightful architectural mind can unfold. Your shop must be full of such wonderful tools. Oh to create such marvels and to have them within your reach. Must be exciting!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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