✈ Voyage au Japon… ✈


I am leaving soon for a one month trip in Japan !

The plan is :

One week in Tokyo where I will learn more about Ji-ari making with shakuhachi master craftsman Takahashi Toyomi and take lessons with Mizuno Komei (headmaster of Chikumeisha branch). I will also visit specialized shops (such as Mejiro) and maybe meet some lacquer master…

Then three weeks in north Kyushu (I don’t like staying over a week in a big city !) where my mission will be harvesting Madake bamboo which is abundant there.
I will be back to the rural side of Japan that I loved so much during my bicycle trip in 2010 (already 9 years…!)

So if you were planning to buy one the shakuhachi currently instock, please do that before November the 7th (I will leave the 10th) or wait until mid-December…

New videos with Max Brumberg

Here are two new videos shot with my friend Max Brumberg flutemaker based in south-east France.

He got passionate about the antique Greek double reed Aulos and is part of the crazy few constituting the revival of this antique instrument…

Here is the meeting between Aulos and Shakuhachi :

And a solo where I play one of the shortest piece of the Honkyoku repertoire :
Ashi no Shirabe

Both of them played in the great acoustic of the Roman church of Fons a village near Figeac.

Replacing utaguchi inlay

Here are some pictures detailing steps
to replace a kinko utaguchi inlay on a shakuhachi restored this month :

An other repair on a Myoan inlay made from deer antler :

Back to work !

I am back at the workshop with a lot to do. As may have notice, most of available shakuhachi were sold during summertime….that’s good !
I now need to make new shakuhachi (meditation, student, ji-nashi…) and have a nice ji-ari started in spring that Ihope to finish soon.
I also have few old shakuhachi to repair; some of them may be available next week…

Here are some pictures of thos vintage shakuhachi I’m working on :

 

Chikudo Ji-ari Shakuhachi

For the last two years, I’ve been studying the making of ji-ari thanks to all the restoration work on fine flutes I was entrusted with. My goal until now was to be able to produce good ji-ari shakuhachi with non-madake French bamboos.

Here are then the last two ji-ari that I made which I feel satisfied with the result and want to go on improving.

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A challenging shakuhachi repair…

This was the last (but not least !) of the shakuhachi brought back from London; it was entrusted to me by Jose Vargas a shakuhachi maker friend from Madrid. This repair was very challenging for me and a way to prove that even the worse splits can be repaired.

Here it is in the condition when I received it; it’s an old 2.6 kinko ji-ari very well crafted :

After a few days in warm humid atmosphere, the split was reduced from 6 to 2mm but not entirely closed. So I used hose clamps which enabled to close it some more before complete binding.

Finally, I couldn’t reduce the split less than a millimetre on its worse parts so I  infiltrated glue in it. Then I had to reshape the joint which was completely deformed and fill all the gaps in the bore with ji before complete lacquering with several layers of strong urushi.

It is very pleasing for me to be able to give its voice back to a nice shakuhachi; in a way I feel I’m honouring the maker’s work.

I hope that for a next badly cracked shakuhachi, I would be able to close completely the splits…

Bodhidharma

I was pleased this month to welcome
Bodhidharma in my workshop

sculpture bambou bodhidharma

I have been fascinated for a while by these Asian bamboo sculptures so I finally offered myself this present.
It is a beautiful Chinese sculpture (probably quite old in regard to its patina) made from a very impressive Moso bamboo root (Ph. Edeulis) representing the famous 6th century monk Bodhidharma (Daruma in Japanese) who initiated Chan Buddhism in China which became Zen in Japan.

Learn more about Bodhidharma history.

This inspiring artefact found naturally its place in my workshop and is now keeping an eye on my work !

Next shakuhachi masterclasses to come…

In April and May 2019, two kinko shakuhachi masterclasses in France !

6th and 7th of April in Paris
KSK masterclasse with master Teruo Furuya and Mizuka Onishi (koto).

KSK Honkyoku (Katsuya Yokohama) and Shinkyoku (contemporary) repertoire will be studied.
(Classes translated in French and English)

PDF Flyer Here

Info and reservations to : furuya.masterclass@gmail.com

11th and 12th of May in Loiret (south of Paris)
Kinko Chikumeisha masterclass with Gunnar Jinmei Linder

Honkyoku and Sankyoku will be studied
Classes also for beginners and intermediate level (2h/day)

Info and reservations to : chikumeishafrance@gmail.com

Silver work

This month, I could make my first experiments on working with silver thanks to help and advices from Benjamin Boulay master jeweller in Figeac.

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Autumnal restorations

Over time, I have been working on restoring the shakuhachi given to me in London gathering.

Here are three of the nice shakuhachi that I was honoured to give their voice back !

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