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So last year, I made a small Suzuribako to store my Japanese ink stone. It was too small, however, to store nicer brushes or be generally useful, so I decided to make one that was larger, fancier, and more useful.
It's large enough to store the nicer brushes, and has built in "organizers" to keep supplies in place. At some point I hope to give it a nicer finish, but for now I'm glad it's complete. It also has a secret, but I'll avoid talking about that. Not because it's really important that it be kept secret, but because the last time I brought it up it started a huge argument between me and somebody else.
The blue thing is a water dropper. The smaller black thing with gold writing on it is an ink stick. The larger black thing with a sloping well in it is the ink stone. What you do is drip a bit of water in the stone, then rub the ink stick up and down the stone through the water to make ink. Then you use the brushes to to write with the ink. Having everything in one box is convenient.
The lid is a simple lift-off lid, and the closed box is about 9 inches wide, 11.5 inches long, and 2 inches tall. It's all held together with glue and pegs, and the joinery at the corners is traditional overlap joinery.
2008.12.23 at 12:00am EST
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