During the early Edo Period (17th century), carpenters skilled in woodcarving were brought together to help construct Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, and the carving they did in their free time when not creating works for the shrine is considered to be the origin of the Nikko-bori woodcarving art.
A proprietary tool known as a hikkaki is used to achieve the flowing curves, and the Nikko-tsuishu decorative lacquering technique is applied to fully emphasize the elegant appearance of the base materials.Traditional Craft Promotional Video
Nikko Dento Kogei Union Council
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After completion of construction Nikko's Toshogu Shrine main building during the Kan'ei Era (1624–44), many revered artisans remained in this region, passing their advanced skills and techniques to future generations to achieve these craft goods.