Ichi-monji Bench

Ichi-monji Bench

Gneiss boulder and black walnut slab. On display at Chamber gallery, NYC.

Stone Hunting

Stone Hunting

Searching for stones at Sticks and Stones Farm

Stone Hunting

Stone Hunting

Searching for stones at Sticks and Stones Farm

Preparations

Preparations

Adjusting the stone in the process of cutting the base

Working the Stone

Working the Stone

Cutting the bottom off the stone. The raw bench slab waits in the foreground.

Installation

Installation

Setting the stone in the gallery with a tripod and hoist. The finished piece weighs about 1200 lbs.

Ichi-monji Bench

Ichi-monji Bench

Gneiss boulder and black walnut slab. On display at Chamber gallery, NYC.

Ichi-monji Bench

Ichi-monji Bench

Gneiss boulder and black walnut slab. On display at Chamber gallery, NYC.

Ichi-monji Bench

一文字ベンチ

 

​​  In Japan the word "ichi-monji" means the number one. Since the number one is written with a single horizontal brush-stroke, anything that has a single “stroke” in its design might be called a “ichi-monji” style object.

  Crafted from a gneiss boulder and a graceful slab of black walnut wood, the Ichi-monji Bench represents a harmonious juxtaposition of two aesthetics: shin (真) the aesthetic of human perfection, and sō (草), the aesthetic of being in a natural state. The perfectly cut and finished slab of wood, and the weathered boulder that is left in its natural state.

 

  On display at Chamber, NYC.

 

   **click upper photo to enlarge