View in English View in Japanese
Call Us! 888 366 0345

Urushi Sukura Billiard with Bamboo and Tamper

Product Number: 002-099-4786

Urushi is an art form with history. Its literal meaning "lacquer picture" is an art form dating to the Joman period over 9,000 years ago. The specific process that created this colorful straight Billiard, however, has been practiced for over 10 centuries. Modern connotations of the term can either refer to the incredibly durable lacquer created from the sap of the Asian sumac or to the totality of the completed art/product itself.

To create an Urushi piece, various sources of pigment are mixed with translucent lacquer and then applied to a porous surface (like briar). At that point, the surface has to be allowed to cure. (It's worth noting that during this time it cannot be touched. Doing so can result in blisters from the highly caustic uncured sap). After anywhere from a day, to a week depending on the product and the humidity, the process can be repeated until the end result is achieved. It's a delicate art form that can take months to even years to complete.

Once completed, designs can then be applied to the Urushi through an equally meticulous process placing it in the "maki-e" subcategory of Urushi creation. To do so, renderings are created on ultra-thin paper, and then an outline is traced in Urushi on the reverse side. This "wet" side is applied to the dry Urushi surface, and adhesion forms the outline in relief on the surface. Color can be added by mixing the filtered lacquer with various pigments not used in the Urushi base — such as benigara (ferrous oxide), shu (vermillion), and gold among others.

Once an outline has been rendered in relief, an extremely talented artist can finish the art and bring it to life with a keen eye, steady hand, and tiny brush. The result is what you see before you: a beautiful example of traditional Japanese artistry.

- Andrew Wike


 

 




We apologize, but this product is currently sold out. If you would like information about products similar to this one, please email us or call us toll free at 1-888-366-0345, and we will be glad to assist you.-




The pipe you see is the pipe you receive. Click here to see our photography process.
Measurements & Other Details
 Length: 6.10 in./154.94 mm. Weight: 1.50 oz./42.52 g.
 Bowl Height: 1.98 in./50.29 mm. Chamber Depth: 1.46 in./37.08 mm.
 Chamber Diameter: 0.84 in./21.34 mm. Outside Diameter: 1.50 in./38.10 mm.
 Stem Material: Vulcanite Filter: None
 Shape: Billiard Finish: Smooth
 Material: Briar Country: Japan

We apologize, but this product is currently sold out. If you would like information about products similar to this one, please email us or call us toll free at 1-888-366-0345, and we will be glad to assist you.

The Pipeline Newsletter

News of available Fresh Pipes is available through newsreader services. Click here to subscribe >>

Contact Smokingpipes

CALL US: 888 366 0345
550 Hwy 9 East, Longs, SC 29568
info@smokingpipes.com

Hours of Operation: Our website is always open and you can place an order at any time. Phone/office hours are 9am-7pm US/Eastern (GMT -5:00) Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm US/Eastern (GMT -5:00) on Saturdays. Our Little River, SC showroom is open 10am-7pm US/Eastern (GMT -5:00) Monday-Sunday.

We reserve the right to verify delivery to cardholder via UPS. You must be 18 years or older to make any selections on this site - by doing so, you are confirming that you are of legal age to purchase tobacco products or smoking accessories. We will deny any order we believe has been placed by a minor.

WARNING: Smokingpipes.com does not sell tobacco or tobacco related products to anyone under the age of 18, nor do we sell cigarettes.WARNING:Products on this site contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

© 2000-2014 Laudisi Enterprises, Inc. All rights reserved.