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Chopstick Making Workshop
(September 9)

September 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Feel the forest by making chopsticks. The exhibit, “Objects of Use and Beauty: Design and Craft in Japanese Culinary Tools,” introduces the visitor to a variety of utensils used everyday in both home and professional kitchens. We are pleased to offer a very unique chopstick-making workshop with Mrs. Kayoko Takashima, a skilled chopstick craftsperson from Niigata, Japan. Mr. Mamoru Kaihou of Hashitou Honten, a famous chopstick shop in Tokyo, will accompany her and give a short talk on the history and use of chopsticks.

Hashitou’s mission is to reacquaint people with the natural environment. Seventy percent of the Japanese archipelago is forest. For thousands of years, Japanese people have lived in harmony with the forest. Now, however, the natural environment in Japan has become severely devastated. People live separated from the forest and from nature. Re-usable chopsticks are objects of beauty and honor the significance of our natural environment and to help you create a pair of handmade wooden chopsticks usable for many years.

In this activity you will have learned the characteristics of the wood and a piece of a tree will become chopsticks best fitted to your hand and use. You can feel the forest.

Each participant will:

  • Plane, and shave their own pair of chopsticks
  • Sand and smooth with natural scouring rush
  • Finish with oak leaves and walnut oil from the nut
  • All materials will be provided.

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Session 1: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Session 2: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Skill Level: All (Ages 18+)
Class Size: 6 Minimum / 15 Maximum
Location: Studio A
Free for members & nonmembers

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We are pleased to announce that the Chop Stick Workshop is supported by The Japan World Exposition 1970 Commemorative Fund.


September 9, 2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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