Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts /[YUKIHIRA SAUCEPAN] | カーサ ブルータス Casa BRUTUS

Kokontozai: KASHIYUKA’s Shop of Japanese Arts and Crafts /[YUKIHIRA SAUCEPAN]

『カーサ ブルータス』2021年12月号より

Searching all of Japan for handcrafted items that express its heart and soul, our proprietor, KASHIYUKA, presents things that bring a bit of luxury to everyday life. Her journey this time took her to Osaka, where she became acquainted with the Yukihira nabe manufactured by cookware crafter Himenosaku. This “daily driver” utensil is created by hammering aluminum, which gives it its strength.

The Himenosaku workshop, founded 1924 in the city of Yao, Osaka prefecture. “They’re thicker than the aluminum pots one usually sees,” says KASHIYUKA. Third-generation craftsman Hisakazu Himeno explained, “we use a pure aluminum plate of 3 millimeter thickness. It improves heat retention and cooks food gently.”
Now that it’s gotten a bit chillier I’ve had an everyday-use stew pot, for a traditional root vegetable “nabe-for-one”, on my mind. On this trip I visited Himenosaku in Yao city, Osaka prefecture. The studio was established in 1924, and has been continuously making aluminum and copper cookware. Their technique is known as uchidashi, a way of forging the metal by hammering.
Purchase No. 43【YUKIHIRA SAUCEPAN】Hammering makes it strong and beautiful. An aluminum pot that’s central to everyday cooking.
“Aluminum and copper are soft metals, but pounding compresses the molecules to make them stronger and more rigid,” said Mr. Hisakazu Himeno, third-generation artisan. Today he showed me how the lightweight and easy-to-use aluminum Yukihira saucepan is made. Using a shaping method known as heraoshi, he places the pot on a solid base and begins to hammer it, starting from the inside bottom center. He continues outward in a freehand style. He pounds the wall of the saucepan from the outer side.