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Restoring a 100+ year old Unpei fude (maki fude) brush

By Rona Conti / 11/03/2013 /

Unpei fude is also known as kami maki fude (紙巻筆, かみまきふで), or, maki fude, literally meaning “(paper) wrapped brush”, and the construction of maki fude

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Encounters with Brushes: Part I

By Rona Conti / 09/07/2012 /

My encounters with brushes continued through college. When I landed in Boston I set up a painting studio, but a place to do ceramics was more challenging.

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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 2.

By Ponte Ryūrui / 12/06/2012 /

Continuing the story of the Hankeido (桂堂攀, はんけいどう, Hankeidō) workshop, the construction of maki fude (巻筆, まきふで) is most unusual. The first 3rd of the root of the tuft is wrapped and strengthened with a hand-made Japanese hemp paper, also known as washi (和紙, わし). Thus, the name maki (to wrap) fude (brush). Because of…

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Climbing the Moon Tree, Part 1

By Ponte Ryūrui / 05/06/2012 /

The name chosen by Konoe Iehiro was Hankeidou, which literally means “climbing the wisteria tree”. According to an old Chinese legend, a wisteria tree (桂) grew on the moon,

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The Dying Trade of Yamato

By Ponte Ryūrui / 21/05/2012 /

It is my great hope that the trade of brush making will continue and thrive, and that this old and nearly forgotten tradition will find its followers in the future.

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Symphony of Ink, Part I

By Ponte Ryūrui / 23/04/2012 /

Calligraphy, like music is based upon harmony. It takes a Master Calligrapher to compose a symphony of ink, a masterpiece as brilliant as nature itself, one

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (b)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 15/03/2012 /

Characteristic of small seal script, note the circular movement of the brush tip at the beginning of each stroke, indicating the application of the “hidden spear”

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part III (a).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 28/02/2012 /

the way in which the brush is controlled by the arm, wrist and finger, allowing the calligrapher to write a desired line.

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part II (b).

By Ponte Ryūrui / 16/02/2012 /

単包法 (たんほうほう, tanhō hō), where the ring finger and the small finger are adjacent to the inner side of the palm, and the brush is held with the three remaining

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Logic Behind The Magic – Brush Techniques, Part II (a)

By Ponte Ryūrui / 14/02/2012 /

In the pair grip method, the brush axis is held between the thumb, and the index finger merges with the middle finger (first pair), supported from underneath

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