Last month was very busy with several trips to collect stones in Northern California where a few good stones were found; more about that in a future post.
A site I often visit is Koju-en which is owned by Hiroichi and Tomohiro Masumi. Their shop is located in Kyoto, Japan. I have purchased pots and stands from them and find every transaction to be excellent.
I wanted to share with you today a stand maker who goes by the tradename Rikizo. I have purchased two of his stands and they are exquisitely made.
The first stand is made from Japanese Quince.
This 21cm (8.25-inches) is just under an inch tall and is suitable for both suiseki or shohin bonsai. We have a Japanese water stone collected at the 2008 Kokufu show in Tokyo that goes extremely well with this stand as the grain in the wood nicely compliments the pits of the black stone.
All of his stands are signed on the bottom via a tradition followed by high quality table makers. The signature is on a small piece of bamboo affixed to the bottom of the stand.
The next stand is just a bit smaller at 19.8cm x 13.7cm x 2cm. What I really like about this stand is the very soft curve of the end pieces.
As you can see from the above photo, this stand is very elegant and is awaiting a lovely suiseki to be placed upon it.
Koju-en has a great selection of stands, pots, and figures. If you would like to purchase something from them just visit their site. Koju-en or e-mail Tomohiro at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tomhiro’s English is excellent and he has always replied quickly to my emails.