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A wooden cup for tea.

The practice of wood turning is most commonly found in the upper parts of the district of Tashi Yangtse today although it was also practiced in other parts of Bhutan. Wood turning is mainly practiced to produce cups, plates and other wooden utensils from the special zachye (རྫ་ཕྱེ་) burl and other forms of burrs found in trees such as maple, rhododendrons, alder, oak, eaglewood and avocado. The tree burrs are collected and cut into shapes of bowls, cups and plates using the wood turning lathe. The lathe composed of foot pedals and a leather belt was used in the past to turn the wood by an apprentice while the carver managed the carving tools to cut the right shape. The wood is first cut to the rough size and the initial carving done using the kobtsa broad carving tool. It is then put on the lathe to be given a fine shape. Holes or defects are filled with saw dust mixed with glue before the final turning is done for refined look. The wood is then put in the water for months for treatment.

The finished wooden products are lacquered using the substance tapped from a lacquer plant locally known as seyshing. The seeds of the lac plant are pressed in a bamboo container to extract the lac. The liquid is stored in an airtight container and then applied to the wooden products. Lacquering of the burrs is a delicate process as the refined lac has a short life and its application should take place in the right conditions of humidity. Lac is applied manually on the utensil many times to get the desirable coating and sheen.

The top doesn´t fit preciselly the bottom part.

9 cms diametre, 6 cms

1950s

1 in stock

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A wooden cup for tea.

The practice of wood turning is most commonly found in the upper parts of the district of Tashi Yangtse today although it was also practiced in other parts of Bhutan. Wood turning is mainly practiced to produce cups, plates and other wooden utensils from the special zachye (རྫ་ཕྱེ་) burl and other forms of burrs found in trees such as maple, rhododendrons, alder, oak, eaglewood and avocado. The tree burrs are collected and cut into shapes of bowls, cups and plates using the wood turning lathe. The lathe composed of foot pedals and a leather belt was used in the past to turn the wood by an apprentice while the carver managed the carving tools to cut the right shape. The wood is first cut to the rough size and the initial carving done using the kobtsa broad carving tool. It is then put on the lathe to be given a fine shape. Holes or defects are filled with saw dust mixed with glue before the final turning is done for refined look. The wood is then put in the water for months for treatment.

 

The finished wooden products are lacquered using the substance tapped from a lacquer plant locally known as seyshing. The seeds of the lac plant are pressed in a bamboo container to extract the lac. The liquid is stored in an airtight container and then applied to the wooden products. Lacquering of the burrs is a delicate process as the refined lac has a short life and its application should take place in the right conditions of humidity. Lac is applied manually on the utensil many times to get the desirable coating and sheen.

The top doesn´t fit preciselly the bottom part.

9 cms diametre, 6 cms

1950s

Weight 0.9 kg