Hello all, A post on another thread prompted me to share some photos of the oldest shakuhachi I have ever had the pleasure of working on.
This is a Seien Ryu shakuhachi. It's difficult to say how old it is because I don't have carbon data technology here. But from the wear on the external urushi and style of flute, my guess is it's about 200 years old, more or less.
There was fossilized mold along the surface of flute, but the urushi still polished perfectly after all these years.
I replaced the missing utaguchi inlay with a new one made from reclaimed ivory.
The owner and I agreed that it was best to leave as much original detail as possible.
That's it this week from This Old Flute. _________________
Last edited by Perry Yung on 2013-03-23, 04:21; edited 1 time in total
Posted: 2012-08-28, 14:25 Post subject: Oldest Shakuhachi ever at Yung Flutes
Itamar Foguel wrote:
it dosnt look old at all
anyway, the wood carving texture on its surface is an interesting finish for a flute... thanks perry
My pleasure. The photos shows the flute partially cleaned. Many of the Komuso flutes that have passed through my shop were sanded down smoothly with the bamboo skin and nodes removed completely. This one was "whittled" then lacquered on the surface. It was quite unique. _________________