Coffee ceremony shrine #6: Kōhī gishiki kokumotsu kibako.

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Coffee ceremony shrine for a Svea 123r camp stove
Kōhī gishiki kokumotsu kibako.

I have named it:
Kōhī gishiki kokumotsu kibako.
Coffee ceremony wood box from grained wood.
(With a little help from Google and a Japanese friend, that don’t speak English).
He made me laugh by saying; but Mads, there are no Japanese coffee ceremony, I’m fully aware of this and it’s not ment as an insult, but as a celebration, to the Japanese customs and people.

Finally the project is finished and I am more than pleased.
It started out as a storage box, for my Svea 123r and then this project just grew out of the wood as I went.
It has been great fun, I have become friends with the Festool finger joint system, honed my woodworking skills, applied lye and even enjoyed to do a lacquer finish.
So yes in many ways this project has been a wonderful experience, now I look forward to bring it out into nature, where it can be used, just for the pleasure.

Photos taken here in my allotment garden, where I have been living the last four months and enjoyed every single day, even my woodworking shop is 100 km away, so I have to do with my tiny shop here.

Walking the box.

On the grass.

Really pleased with the lacquer, you almost don’t see it, just as I had hoped for.

Boxes locked in place with a wedge.
Less is plenty.


Let’s unpack.

One more.

Open up.

The cook set.

And the beautiful Svea123r burner, that got it all started.
It was a gift from my good old friend Flemming.

All of this is inside.

Burner with cup on top, for boiling water.

Espresso maker, for the coffee ceremony.

Heck I can even cook a fried egg.

Or a small stew.

Box lid is sliced.

So it fits on top of the stand and locks in place.

Like his.

Packed up and ready.

Set up for the ceremony.

All the stuff, keeps it steady.

Perhaps I should light that thing up.

Kōhī gishiki kokumotsu kibako.
Coffee ceremony wood box from grained wood.
Coffee = 珈琲 Kōhī
Ceremony = 儀式 Gishiki
Wood box= 木箱 Kibako (box from grained wood)
Kokumotsu Kibako is Japanese for “box from grained wood

Thank you for watching this blog series, it’s been a joy to make.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, who knows, perhaps at least, a cup of coffee…

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

11 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 07-26-2020 01:09 PM

That’s a very nice box to carry around you coffee fixing tools, Mads. Congratulations on a fine build and great result!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 07-26-2020 01:16 PM

I really like the function and design of this project.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-26-2020 02:01 PM

What a nice tribute to Flemming for starting you thinking about this!! That is a very compact unit with all you need to enjoy your coffee..where ever!

Cheers, my friend…Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-26-2020 02:27 PM

Awesome, Mads!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-26-2020 02:57 PM

Outstanding Mads ! I find the ceremony very interesting

-- Ray,Iowa

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#6 posted 07-27-2020 11:58 AM

Thanks for sharing. Love following your projects, looking over your shoulder (so to speak!).
Keep up the good work!

-- Mike - Brunswick, ME

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#7 posted 07-27-2020 12:33 PM

Wow, what a unique and fantastic idea for carrying stuff! I can see many possible applications for the box unit alone. But, the way you build it all around something like an espresso maker is fantastic. I very much enjoy reading about how you bring pleasure to simple things that we all sometimes take for granted :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 07-27-2020 05:04 PM

My eyes have been opened Mads. Just read all 6 blog posts. Not sure how I missed this blog in the first place. You have made a thing of beauty out of scrap, rescued a dilapidated stove and elevated your inspired design to ‘shrine’ status. I loved following along with your thought process too, seeing you do what you do best. Bravo sir!!!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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Tim Dahn

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#9 posted 07-28-2020 02:09 AM

I can only imagine how wonderful a cup would be chatting about the garden with you. You can chat during the coffee ceremony can’t you? ;)

Just now seeing this so i’m off to read the blog.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#10 posted 07-28-2020 09:39 PM

Hi there,
Tim, we can do what ever we want at the ceremony, since it’s my own idea and I’m always open for change. Laughs. Yes it would be lovely Tim, smiles.
Brit, as always you see right into the core. Scrap to shrine and fixing the broken, that was what it was all about, life is what we make it. Big warm smile, look so much forward to the Covid is over, so you can come visit me here in the allotment.
HokieKen, you nail it, for me that is what life is about, to make it magic and since magic don’t exist, well, then we have to make it up. The holy grale is just a cup. Smiles.
rotorgeek, thanks a lot, a pleasure to have you looking over my shoulder, can you grab us a beer in the fridge, while you are there. Cheers.
rayn, thank you a lot.
tyvekboy, I often find that the best projects grow out of the function, to forget what we want and see what it tells us, we tend to over think. This project was all about solving a task, boxes for storage and then the idea of how do I carry them, came by it self and I decided that the carry system could have several functions. smiles thanks.
Dave, thank you big time, I look forward to the day it will come with me on a hammock night out, so it can get a proper use.
Thank you all for the comments, I do get happy when I get a few words and miss you wee bit,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 08-01-2020 03:36 PM

Great blog Mads. Enjoy!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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