Japanese Kokeshi Doll

The tradition of Kokeshi dolls is dated to the early 1800's in northern Japan. Since then they have gone on to become collectibles and tourist souvenirs.

Flower pounding

Here's a new-to-me craft - flower pounding. You use a hammer to pound the color from plant materials into a special 'prepared for dyeing' fabric which can then be used as a wall hanging or other decorative purpose.

The wood turner

This is a nice little video showing a wooden bowl being made on a pole lathe.

Tibetan Blackware Pottery

This video about Tibetan Blackware Pottery makes an interesting companion to yesterday's video on African pottery. There are many similarities, especially the low temperature firing in little more than a bonfire, but a noticeable gender switch and a change in scale and refinement.