I watched an interesting video (don't have the link) on a japanese turner
that shined a flashlight through the bowl sides. In some places the end
grain was gone. He had techniques and tools that I've never seen and
he sat down with the lathe, also on the floor. The tool met the bowl
surface at least 6 inches from tool rest and at least 3 inches below.
The tools look handcrafted, possibly made by the turner.
The are used as the base for those amazing lacquer bowls.
They strive for lightness and then add lacquer base coats and then
lacquer final coats. And polish with a fine dry compound with bare
hands. The turner only does turning. The base coat and final coats
are applied by experts in that and the polishing is also done by
separate experts. The polishers have to keep their hands soft and
These are very high end lacquer bowls. The bowls are desgined to be
easily held one-handed for eating/drinking. Perfect for a noodle