Ichii Itto carving (yew carving)

Gifu, Chubu

Ichii-itto-bori carving is a woodcraft technique that involves carving yew wood using only chisels, and was developed by a netsuke master, Matsuda Sukenaga, who came from the Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. Ichii-itto carving is characterized by a fine grain, because the growth rings of the yew are very fine. The wood is left uncolored in order to highlight this grain. These days products include ornaments, masks, relief sculptures, and small accessories such as bolo ties. Ichii-itto carving was designated a traditional craft in 1975.


Ichii Itto Carvings Hall:3-816-2 Nishino-isshikimachi, Takayama-shi, Gifu

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