Japanese lacquering technique is extremely durable and very different from the widely
available japanning finish. The process is painstakingly long. The rich and elegant
surfaces are the result of ten layers; hemp cloth is first applied, three layers of
undercoating with clay and lacquer, another three layers of coloured lacquer and final three
layers of clear lacquer. Each process must be followed by buffing up with polishing charcoal.
Taku Seguchi is a skillful lacquer craftsman, the ninth generation in the lacquer business
and a producer of traditional lacquered furniture in Kyoto. He is the first in Japan to
create lacquered furniture with the traditional lacquering method by overcoming the problems
of puckering and cracking. Over 20 styles in various finishes are available. Please contact
us for a PDF catalogue and product availability though most items are made to order. The lead
time is 10 to 12 weeks. A wide range of bespoke services are available including finishing
services for materials you provide.