Step-by-Step Daiza

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Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  mbolos on Sun Oct 02, 2011 1:32 am

Using Sandro Tschudin's great tutorial on making a daiza (http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t1787-making-a-daiza-by-sandro-tschudin?highlight=daiza), I decided to give it a go. I must say, the tedium and constant measuring drove me mad! Nonetheless, here was my attempt:

The stone in its native habitat.


The wood (long since removed from its native habitat)


I began measuring and sanding down. As the marking show, I needed to go a bit deeper to cover the contours of the bottom of the stone.


The fit is snug, but still needed to go deeper.


A coffee table, a clamp, and a coping saw, hardly the New Yankee Workshop!


I measured out 3mm and carved a lip.


The rough shaping complete.


A few hours of rigorous sanding.


A coat of stain.


Some lacquer and voila!


Another angle.


It is a nice memento from my hiking trip, but I can't say I'll be embarking on any daiza-making endeavors in the near future! I have a new found appreciation for all you daiza-makers.




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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  Guest on Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:50 am

very nice tutorial and equally good stone and daiza.

Thanks for sharing!

regards,
jun Smile

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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:25 am

Very nice job on your first Daiza.

Doing one daiza is very difficult and taxing, but in doing it you will have learned lots. Your second would be easier and each one you do after becomes a little more intuitive and streamlined. Using the best wood, techniques and tools allows a speedier and more pleasurable process.

It is something I want to get into again, when I have more time (retirement in a few years, I hope).

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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  Jeremy on Sun Oct 02, 2011 3:05 pm

Hi mbolos,
Great work, well done.
Having made a few daizas myself I think you have made a fine start.
As Kevin said, it does become a little easier the more you udertake.

My one comment, I feel you could have used another foot front and center.
It seems to be floating and therefore to my eye unstable.


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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  mbolos on Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:20 pm

Thank you everyone for your kind comments, I appreciate it.

Jeremy wrote:
My one comment, I feel you could have used another foot front and center.
It seems to be floating and therefore to my eye unstable.

Jeremy,
You hit on something that I was debating for while before I shaped the feet. I considered two feet on the corners of the outjut and I thought of one longer foot front-and-center like you recommended. I felt the foot in the center would have had to be long and would draw too much attention. Ultimately, I thought it might be interesting to actually leave the mind a bit unsettled.

How big of a foot were you thinking?


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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  Jeremy on Sun Oct 02, 2011 4:28 pm

Hi,
Small. Under a third of the area perhaps.

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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  Kev Bailey on Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:01 pm

I agree with Jeremy, oops missed that! Definitely needed a foot there, under the central bulge in the daiza would have been the logical place, same size as the outer two.

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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  Chris Cochrane on Mon Oct 03, 2011 1:26 am

Hi mbolos... Your daiza is very nice. Its close fit and well-proportioned inner wall with 'height equaling width' is superb. To master those in your first attempt reveals rare talent. Easier things to control which are not addressed is to tuck feet mostly under the stone's exposed bottom edge rather than mostly outside of the stone's edge. A satin/semi-gloss finish rather than a high gloss finish would arguably allow the stone to be more prominent.

The first photo of the stone reveals that its white inclusion at the bottom edge ends very distinctly moving from the stone's left toward the right. Placing a foot under the darker stone edge on the stone's front (& not extended under the white portion) would further distinguish what looks like the mountain foot as distinguished from a water, snow or ice feature. The white thread waterfall is a very nice focal point for this stone. I would NOT place a center foot partially under the stone's white inclusion. As recommended by Kev, keep all feet the same width to promote lightness & deflect focus from the daiza to the stone.

Since you live relatively close to the highly regarded daiza-carver Sean Smith (in Marysville PA), take advantage of opportunities to learn from him.

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Re: Step-by-Step Daiza

Post  mbolos on Mon Oct 03, 2011 3:10 am

Wow Chris, thank you for that extremely detailed and insightful analysis, you have me looking at the stone like never before! It's given me a lot to think about, and shows me what to consider in the next project. Thank you again!

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