Highly-Skilled Bamboo Craftspersons Specialized in Making the Kishu Fishing Rod (Kishu Herazao) – Incredible Traditional Techniques by Their Meticulousnes
Kishu Herazao are bamboo fishing rods produced in Hashimoto City, Wakayama Prefecture and are for catching herabuna, the Japanese crucian carp. Koya-chiku, madake, and yadake bamboos are cut, left to dry for several years and then carefully assessed.
There are 130 stages of handwork to make one fishing rod, from cutting through to bamboo assembly and finish, all of which are carried out by one artisan. The characteristic features of Kishu Herazao are the thick handle beautifully decorated and colored with lustrous urushi (lacquer), and the namitsugi jointing technique to prevent the rod from breaking. It is worth noting as rods can be made of three to five bamboo sections each measuring about 90 cm in length, there are considerable stresses and strains when landing a carp and rods must be both strong and flexible.
Kishu-Herazao Craftsman: 辰川 英輝 – Tatsukawa Hideki
Kishu-Herazao Master Craftsman: 城 英雄 – Jō Hideo
How to make a Kishu Bamboo Fishing Rod?
1. Drying the Bamboo
2. Selecting the Pieces
4. Removing the Insides
6. Winding Silk Thread
7. Applying Lacquer
8. Fitting the Pieces Together
10. Carving the Tip
11. Applying Lacquer to the Body (Wiping the Body)
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