Osaka Fine Cabinetry
Fine rarewood cabinetry was brought to Japan by the envoys who visited Tang dynasty China, hence the name of these woods in Japanese is literally ""woods of Tang"" or karaki. During the Edo period (1600-1868) when foreign intrusions were mostly shunned, rarewoods come into the country via Nagasaki and they were distributed through a wholesaler of medicines in Osaka.
Currently, the same rarewoods and traditional techniques are being used to make not only traditional articles but also ones consistent with today's life-style such as cabinets, tables and boxes. The lasting qualities and general acknowledgment which fine pieces of furniture and cabinetry made of such rarewoods as sandalwood and ebony command is unfailing.
The main products are tables and desks, such parlor desks, tables for placing flowers, etc., but also decorative shelves, tea shelves, etc. made from imported woods like rosewood and ebony with a reputation for being sturdy and exuding a relaxed atmosphere.
How to make
Materials used are imported woods such as rosewood, burmese rosewood, ebony, etc. which have been dried outdoors for 4 to 5 years and which are almost entirely hand-processed. All parts are joined using a variety of wood-joining techniques called “kumite” so that no nails and screws are used. The finishing consists in a "wiping finish" with purified raw lacquer followed by polishing with polishing powder.