New tool

This is a new rib I made for large bowls. I am making large bowls, larger than 40 cm. and wanted something to even out the line from the base to the rim. My set of calipers, opened, did the job for a day. This morning during my walk I found a downed hinoki, cypress, branch and viola, new tool.

When I first started making ceramics in Japan I was very dismissive of the value the Japanese put on making your own tools.  A waste of time I thought. I do use some tools bought from the U.S. but I find the tools I make are far better.


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