Tai Hei Shakuhachi
Standard C/B Headjoint
Rare Susudaké Bamboo with 14K Gold Utaguchi Inlay
Inlaid Rattan Binding
Susudaké is 150 to 200 year old bamboo salvaged from old straw-thatched Japanese farm houses. Used as roof rafters and celing supports in these buildings, the bamboo was transformed to an auburn color by absorbing the smoke of the ‘irori’ hearth over many years of use. Traditional Japanese homes of this era typically had a central open charcoal pit where a bamboo pole descended from the ceiling near the middle of the pit. A teapot or cooking pot was hung at the bottom of the bamboo pole over burning charcoal. The smoke from the charcoal rose vertically up the bamboo pole and out through a hole in the ceiling, and over a period of time, caused the natural color of the roof rafters to age and become a "darker" or "mahogany" color. Susudaké bamboo is very rare and used widely to make implements for Japanese tea ceremony and other traditional arts.
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