Hokusai's Kajikazawa in Kai Province Marquetry

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OK, so I’m a Hokusai fanatic! Here’s another marquetry interpretation of a Hokusai woodblock print from the 1830’s. This one is entitled “Kajikazawa in Kai Province” and comes from his famous 36 Views of Mt. Fuji series.

For this work, I used double bevel marquetry techniques with the addition of inlayed lines for the silhouette of Fuji and the fisherman’s lines. The woods are Chechen rosewood, aspen, sapele, padauk, Macassar ebony, maple, ipe and green colored buckeye burl.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone!


-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 04:58 PM

A true work of art! WOW! Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 05:07 PM

Absolutely stunning. I am also a fan of Ukiyo-e, and your rendition of Hokusai does him justice. I think he’d like it.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 05:52 PM

maui bob…

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 05:55 PM

Another Hokusai fan here and as someone new to double bevel marquetry, I marvel at your skills. This is truly beautiful.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 08:36 PM

Stunningly fine detail here, as well as a striking combination of wood!

What is the size of this piece?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 08:46 PM

Ah! I love Hokusai, and you’ve done a wonderful representation!

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 08:56 PM

Great to see all those Hokusai admirers out there! Jonathan, the size of this image is 7×10”.

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#8 posted 12-16-2010 09:52 PM

This is great!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 10:03 PM

I simply love it.
Best thoughts,

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

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#10 posted 12-17-2010 05:01 AM

Outstanding. I hope to be able to do work this nice some day. Thanks

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 12-17-2010 03:26 PM

Yea, I am speechless on this. Truly a piece of art…. Also shows “Mad Skills!”.... Very impressive stuff Bob.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 12-17-2010 04:35 PM

This is beautiful. I have a print of his most famous piece ‘The Wave” (Great Wave Off Kanagawa) hanging in my family room. Your work is incredible Bob. Simply stunning.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#13 posted 12-18-2010 02:01 AM

Congratulations on another fine piece, Bob. I’m beginning to think we may not have been in the same class. :)

-- "Well done is better than well said."

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#14 posted 12-18-2010 08:50 PM

Insane!!! I love it. Your interpretation of the style is amazing.

I was just reading up on Hokusai this morning. What a coincidence. Learning more about the context of the work makes me appreciate it all the more.

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#15 posted 12-20-2010 05:34 PM

I just went to the “Japanesque” exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. They had 36 Views of Mount Fuji by Hokusai. It was awesome. There was a display of the block print blocks and how they’re printed, and a documentary on how they’re made. Very cool! Love your stuff.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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