CHINKIN 


As Maki-e, Chinkin should start with Okime, the design transcription onto the finished surface with Urushi first. Then very fine special chisels are used to carve and trace the lines with sticky Urushi by rubbing into it, and finally, gold foils or powders or colored Urushi powders are sprinkled over it and the surface is cleaned by Washi, Japanese paper. Wajima is the main source of Chinkin which was originally developed in the 13th century, and it is called Sohkin in China. However, today's Chinkin is quite different from Chinese Sohkin. Wajima is not the only source for Chinkin. Chinkin can be found in Fukui Prefecture, Akita Prefecture, Okinawa (Ryukyu), and Aizu of Fukushima Prefecture. They use different designed varieties of chisels, and yet, Wajima is the most famous for this art.

Designs of Chinkin are made by the following techniques.

1.
Ten-bori (carving by point): The size of points could be as small as only 0.1mm, and it is the
only way to make the surface for the design by chiseling points one by one.
2.
Ten-bori no Bokashi (Gradation of point carving): Reducing the chisel points and changing the
space between the points to make the design with gradation.
3.
Ten-bori no Henka (Variation of point carving): To push (Tsuki-nomi) or draw (Hiki-nomi) the chisel
from a point to carve various short lines in a small space.
4.
Suji-bori (Line carving): Short or long, straight or curved lines can be carved by skillful craftsmen.
5.
Katagiri-bori (Carving sharp curved or angle lines): Use a special chisel to carve strong contrasting
lines.
   
Good Chinkin can be done only on genuine Urushi surface which has a few special characteristics such as its membrane no manmade "Urushi" has.



CHINKIN > KATSUHIRO (KATAUHIRO NISHI)


YOK-7, Dragon vs. Tiger on Yokozuna

YOK-7

YOK-11, Spring of Four Seasons on Yokozuna

YOK-11

GK-1031, Toki (Japanese Crested Ibis) on Genkai

GK-1031

MK-64, Abelia on Mikado

MK-64

CT-701, Hirugao (Bindweed) on Takumi

CT-701

CT-702, Shuso on Densho

CT-702

CT-703, Seiryu (Clear Stream)

CT-703

CT-704, Firecracker on Takumi

CT-704

CT-705, Kage mo Mata on Takumi

CT-705

CT-706, Yamano Tori on Takumi

CT-706
 
Model
MSRP In U.S.
YOK-7, Dragon vs. Tiger on Yokozuna
$16,000.00
YOK-11, Spring of Four Seasons on Yokozuna
$24,000.00
GK-1031, Toki (Japanese Crested Ibis) on Genkai
$9,500.00
MK-64, Abelia on Mikado
$5,000.00
CT-701, Hirugao (Bindweed) on Takumi
$4,000.00
CT-702, Shuso on Densho
$4,000.00
CT-703, Seiryu (Clear Stream)
$4,000.00
CT-704, Firecracker on Takumi $3,000.00
CT-705, Kage mo Mata on Takumi $3,000.00
CT-706, Yamano Tori on Takumi $3,000.00