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New pattern — Yae kikyō kikkō

This is another of the advanced patterns that will be included in Book 3. This one is the yae kikyō kikkō, and is probably one of the more difficult patterns covered to date. Multiple pattern mitsu-kude joints and extensions that have to be exact make this a tremendous challenge.

Yae kikyo kikko pattern


New pattern — Kikyō tsuno kikkō

This next pattern is called the kikyō tsuno kikkō, and it falls under the kikyō family of patterns. The difficulty with this pattern is the pair of mitsu-kude joints on the hinge pieces that form the hexagonal shape. These are combined with three half-lap joints—two for the triangle pieces and one for the jigumi. These pieces either fit, or they don't fit. There's no way of making any minor adjustments after they've been cut. If there's any inaccuracy whatsoever, they won't come together, just snap at one of the joints.

This is just one of the many difficult challenges that will be faced in Book 3.

Kikyō tsuno kikkō pattern


New pattern — Komachi kikkō

This new pattern for Book 3 is called the komachi kikkō, and is quite straightforward to make. Komachi (小町) means "small town". It is also the name of a town in Kamakura, a city in Kanagawa Prefecture.

Kamakura was the seat of the Shogunate and the Regency during the Kamakura Period (1185–1333), and, historically, Komachi was the site of a bustling market in front of the local shrine. Today, the town is a popular shopping area with many coffee shops and restaurants.

I'm only guessing, but with the name
komachi, this pattern may be a representation of the stalls that formed the Komachi market in ancient times. But, as I said, this is only a guess.

Whatever the origins of its name, though, it is a very attractive pattern.

Komachi kikkō pattern