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Kiri-asa pattern

This is the kiri asa-no-ha — an attractive but quite a challenging pattern. It consists of a multitude of different jaguchi angles and kumiko angles. In fact I had to use all four of my ha-ganna planes for the different angles. Each of the bottom sections is held together by a single locking piece, so without the proper amount of tension on this piece, it would all fall apart.

The pattern is called
kiri (paulownia), but to me it also looks a bit like the leaves on a grape vine, while Wife and Daughter think it looks something like the face of a praying mantis. However, I think I’ll stick with tradition, and refer to it as kiri.

Kiri asa-no-ha

Next I’ll make up the overall frame and backing.
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