It all starts with rice
This rice we cooked 2-3 days ago and just left it in the fridge. We only save a small amount at a time.
The last of the rice paper placed on the omote side where the wrap will start.
Omote side completed with a simple twist knot.
Their are countless shingunto koshirae that use
countless variations of side/end knots. We used
a variation where the omote side first with a simple twist knot and without the ito passing
through the kashira.
This came to us wrapped in a carrier bag, inside was the wood core and 20 or so bits of samekawa. If you look closely you can see how we cut and put back together.
This is my friend Richards wakizashi that we carried out some restoration work on its tsuka.
TSUKA SI2 Wakizashi.
Morozori shaped tsuka wrapped with 8mm black silk.
Haichi Shaped tsuka wrapped with 8mm silk ito.
Tsuka from a police commissioners wakizashi
wrapped in the rebellion style. Restored same by adding and scarfing in replacement and adjusting the tone to match the original.
We always start the paste of by mashing the rice up in a plastic bag, we then put it through a sieve.
With the trsuka stripped down you can really see a good quality wooden core with its full same wrap. You can also see the raised profile of the core just where the menuki sits.(omote side) The same wrap is a little loose in some parts but all it needs is a little rice paste.
The Ura side is then completed by cutting and then
tucking the Ito. Both knots are secured with washi
paper and rice paste.
Middle Shingunto we wrapped in brown cotton and lacquered the full same wrap black.
This is one of the bands we made to repair a friends split saya.
The paste is then transferred to the cup where I then mix it to this sort of thickness. we made this paste up so we could bond the same back to the wooden core in a few places.
Preparing the tsuka.
The first of the rice paper strips placed on ha side of the tsuka bonded with a little rice paste.
Starting The Wrap
Looking to see how the folds will lay over the proifile of the same.
This tsuka is one of the best shingunto tsuka
I've worked on, it was also one of the most challenging, reason being the ever changing contours of the wooden core that was more than likely fitted to its owner?
Tsuka wrapped with blood red silk with side knots reversed.
Higo style tsuka wrapped with 8mm brown silk