“Yagen-bori (Yagen-carving)”, the sculptor told us, “Wooden sculpture signboard is finished with lacquer or metal leaf after letters and (or) designs carved on the board.” The carving technique used here is Yagen-bori. Yagen is a tool used to grind herb medicines in the old days. The V shape of Yagen is considered to resemble the shape of the carving mark of this technique. Using a small knife, the sculptor carves the board from left and right alternately which makes it possible for him to create the line he plans. “Such technique is especially called Yagen-bori.” He told so as he stood in front of the big signboard he just finished his work.

細野 勝 Masaru HOSONO

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