Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cow's Tounge

A craftsman’s tools help define the craftsman. It’s still about how you chose to use it… but our tools help us leave the marks we want.

I’ve gotten more than a few notes asking what this thing is… it’s a wooden “cow’s tongue” or a "Gyubera". This is a bent convex wooden rib that is used to compress and form the interior of forms on the wheel. It’s a traditional Japanese tool, that's darn useful tool to have on hand. I’ve had this one for almost 2 years now and I don’t think it’s ever been put away.

Most supply houses carry these critters, but here's a special link to a fantastic suppler of Japanese clay tools.
Thanks for the tip Kitoi.

4 comments:

Kitoi said...

After watching your vids and how you used this tongue, I did a search found them at this place in San Francisco
http://www.japanpotterytools.com/

I've used it a few times now, beats the rounded 1x3 stick I used prior.

cookingwithgas said...

we both have one but Mark puts his to use more than I do.
I'll have to dig my out.

Mr. Young's Art said...

Thank you for the link, and then again - WHY did you tell me that link!? I went there and promptly spent $40+ ! Hahahaha.... I was like a kid in a candy shop!
Anyway, I hope I find it as easy to use as you make it seem.

Nick said...

Thanks for this entry! I was wondering what that thing was you used! Was going to ask my pottery instructors about it. heh.

1 more mystery solved!