北山丸太 京都北山丸太連合会

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  1. 北山杉のなめらかな質感と艶を存分に楽しめる家具も人気。


Kitayama Ward, located about 20km from the center of Kyoto and only about 40 minutes away by car, is the production area of Kitayama cedar logs (Kitayama-maruta).This natural material has been unique to Kyoto since the Muromachi period (14th century). The logs themselves are considered a "traditional craft" because of the special way they are raised. Saplings are picked from carefully selected parent trees and grown into seedlings, are planted, and then from the age of 6 or 7 they are "pruned" every four year to remove the roots of the branches along the trunk. This manual process produces straight, round logs with very dense tree rings and smooth bark. Another feature of Kitayama is the "shibori log", where a wavy pattern is obtained by winding a tool similar to chopsticks around the entire trunk during the growth period. With the perfection brought to the tea ceremony by Sen no Rikyu, Kitayama log became a favored building material for traditional sukiya-style tea rooms. This practice continues today, but the wood is now also highly valued as material for constructing walls or building furniture.

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  1. :北山天然出絞丸太の床柱。表面にコブ状や波状の凹凸(絞り)が自然に生まれたもの。こうした表情を人工的につけたものを北山人造絞丸太という。

(1,2 すべて京都北山丸太連合会・京都北山丸太生産協同組合)

1: Furniture where you can fully enjoy the smooth texture and luster of Kitayama cedar on the left is also popular. 2: A floor pillar of Kitayama natural shibori log. The surface has bumps and wavy irregularities. The artificial log with this look is called Kitayama artificial shibori log. (1,2 Kyoto Kitayama Log Federation , Kyoto Kitayama Log Production Cooperative)