Ibazen Urishi lacquered Sakura clock
A fuki-urushi lacquered sakura cased clock, which mechanism aside, is made entirely by the hand of Iba Takahito in Biei City, close to Asahikawa amongst the forests and highlands of Hokkaido. The face is letter press printed in a font designed by Iba-san’s wife, whilst the blacked steel hands are are also cut and shaped by Iba-san himself. The case, made with four hand cut joints to ensure optimum stability, has seven coats of natural lacquer, each requiring a minimum of 24 hours curing in a humidity and temperature controlled chamber. Diameter approximately 190mm, depth about 40mm.