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Vintage The Sumitsubo - a traditional Japanese carpenter’s line For Sale

Vintage The Sumitsubo - a traditional Japanese carpenter’s line

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Vintage The Sumitsubo - a traditional Japanese carpenter’s line:

This is like the familiar carpenter's chalk system, but the Sumitsubo produces a much finer line. Instead of the dry chalk used in Europe, ink grains are dissolved in water and the cotton wool is soaked in this solution. The line is drawn through the damp wadding, fixed under tension and snapped against the surface - a fine, straight line is the immediate result. A traditional model with carved design.

Japanese carpenters always tended to keep their toolboxes simple. Decoration was seen as boastfulness and thus despised. However, these rules did not apply to the Sumitsubo, which was a symbol, often left in the finished building. Because it had this ceremonial function it used to be crafted by the carpenters themselves, frequently with very rich carving.

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