Coffee ceremony shrine - Kōhī gishiki kokumotsu kibako.

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Coffee ceremony shrine
Kōhī gishiki kokumotsu kibako.

Finally I can upload this as a finished project, it ended up taking a long time, before I got to do the finish, du to the fact I have moved to my allotment house (summerhouse) for the summer and have plenty to do here.

This post is from a six part series, where it starts with me being given a beautiful Svea123r as a gift from a good friend. Next the use of Festools finger joint system, me making boxes, even some sewing and the project evolving into a coffee ceremony set, just for the joy of it and finally doing finish and making it complete.

You can read more in the blog:

If you just want to see the result go to part six:

1. The schrine in us, making espresso.
2. This was how it started, restoring the old Svea123r.
3. Festool in action.
4. Making boxes.
5. Working wood in my workshop.
6. The box after lye treatment.

Hope you are all fine and safe, I miss you from time to time, even the garden and house here takes all my attention.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, perhaps even a cup of coffee…

Best thoughts,


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

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 07-26-2020 01:10 PM

It’s great to see the completed project, Mads! I hope it gives you as much joy in the using as it did in the making!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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

Great design and function! Thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 07-26-2020 01:56 PM

Nice work, Mads.

Enjoy, my friend…..........Cheers, 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 02:08 PM

Superb and very nice.


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#5 posted 07-26-2020 02:24 PM

Wonderful! A fitting shrine for that beautiful gift.

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

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#6 posted 07-26-2020 02:35 PM

This Japanese inspired project ended well and came out beautifully. I fully believe the more simple something is the more beautiful it is. The fit and finish will tell those to come that a true craftsman made this. Be quick to share your passion for coffee and woodworking with someone you care for deeply. This is a project that deserves to have happy memories created around it. Take care and thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#7 posted 07-26-2020 02:48 PM

I like it Mads! It is very you.

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

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#8 posted 07-26-2020 03:18 PM

Cool project anf very nice working environment

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 07-26-2020 04:09 PM

Wonderful work Mads!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 07-26-2020 07:40 PM

another great project mads simple and to the point.nice work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 07-26-2020 08:11 PM

I can see a lot of work and skill went into your project.

At first I thought you meant Japanese Tea Shrine. Then I looked up Japan and their love of coffee.

Kagemusha from Key Coffee would be proud.

I do think you need a more comfortable chair though.

-- James E McIntyre

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#12 posted 07-27-2020 01:48 AM

Great looking project. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#13 posted 07-27-2020 02:43 AM

Very nice Mafe. Interesting reading about the lye treatement.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 07-27-2020 04:27 PM

Mmmm coffee.

It looks good Mads, but what I don’t understand is:

Why does a coffee pot needs a shrine?
Why do you have to sit on your workshop floor to make it and get your trousers dirty?
Why does it have a Japanese name that Google Translate can’t translate into English?

Hmmm….suppose I’ll have to read the blog now.

-- 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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#15 posted 07-28-2020 10:52 PM

Hi there LJ’s,
Brit, I laugh big time here thank you.
A coffee pot don’t need a shrine, a mad rhykenologist created that need.
If you don’t sit in the dirt, you can’t raise from it.
Google is not Japanese, box is not Japanese, me not Japanese, someone might be wrong…
You have already read the blog by now and understand everything, or maybe not everything, but a lot more, even about the name, but not about Google.
Here some help:
Google (guuguru): In Japanese, it can be written as グーグル. Japanese
swirt, Thank you, yea lye is a forgotten gem.
Mel52, thank you.
James E McIntyre, big smile and thanks. Yes the Japanese might love or hate me for this idea, but they sure know how to bring things to a higher level and this was the basic idea. I had to look Key Coffee up, really interesting. I think you may be right about the chair, laughs.
Pottz, I do believe in less is plenty so for me it’s a big compliment, thank you.
drewpy, thank you.
Ivan, smiles thanks, I feel lucky to have such nice places to be working wood.
Shipwright, that’s the best compliment thanks, it’s really all I want it to be. Best thoughts.
Doug, thank you so much for those kind words. For me it’s a full circle, I enjoy as much the work, the thinking, the making the idea as well as ending it, once it’s done the story is kind of told, but new can begin in the use, so yes I do look forward to the day, I will use it with a good friend, or just my self, by the ocean perhaps, with my hammock, between two trees… I also agree that the greatest beauty is found in simplicity, we had a professor at the architect school, he said, that you have to be able to piss it in the snow, otherwise it’s too complicated.
Lew, yes a full circle, so I think I will make the first coffee ceremony with my friend Flemming, who gave me the stove. Smiles dear Lew.
Dutchy, thank you so much.
Jim, smiles thank you, I will, cheers.
tyvekboy, smiles thanks.
Dave, it will always be a joy for the eye, I smile every time I see it, so that’s a good start. Thank you.
Thank you all for the kind and warm comments, I am so happy to see, that the simplicity and idea behind the project was understood.
Best of my thoughts, stay well and stay safe until the pandemic is over,

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

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