Gyokusendo x Tea Dealers Collaboration Chashaku
About a year ago we began working with the Gyokusendo studio and its craftsman, Junichi Suda, to craft a unique tea utensil that represented both of our specialities. Together we created a piece that follows the same strict guidelines for a proper chashaku set forth by the Senke tea schools and imbued with the techniques passed down through the generations by the master craftsmen of Gyokusendo.
The chashaku is used for the simple task of transporting tea from a canister and facilitating it into a teabowl or teapot. Tea scoops are generally made of bamboo, though there are also those of ivory, wood, and lacquerware. Each piece is a pleasure to hold and a true Wabi Sabi work of art. Since the days of Rikyu, tea scoops have been given poetic names and provided with a storage box, and held in high regard as the first true works of Wabi Sabi created by tea masters themselves.
Arigoshi or "ant waist" is a descriptive term for a certain style of tea scoop where the bamboo node in the center is high and is carved sharply underneath. It resembles an ant's "waist" and this style was said to have been created by Sen Rikyu.
Made in Niigata, Japan
Limited Edition Signed Wooden Box