Cedar Sake Ball: Make or purchase, either one?
December 13, 2012 8:47 PM   Subscribe

Where can I either obtain instructions to make, or simply purchase, a cedar Sake ball? My Google skills are failing me completely.
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Not great translation on how to make sugidama. photo here
posted by Ideefixe at 8:58 PM on December 13, 2012

It looks like you take a lot of twigs off a Japanese Cedar, and then stuff them into a circular mesh form made out of steel? or basketworked bamboo lathe in Ideeefixe's photo and then hedge trimmer to taste.

Other conifers might work if you're not a purist, although the smell would be a bit different,

If I was in the States and really really needed one and didn't want to make it, I'd have a Japanese-owned plant nursery / gardener knock one together. Or source the right sort of snippits from a place reshaping Christmas trees before selling them.
posted by sebastienbailard at 9:18 PM on December 13, 2012

Best answer: This article links to photo instructions. The link is dead, but it's still up on web.archive.org.
posted by zamboni at 9:23 PM on December 13, 2012 [2 favorites]

Image of a halfway-constructed one using a finer mesh than in the instructions zamboni found, linked from here.
posted by XMLicious at 9:41 PM on December 13, 2012

Response by poster: Thank you all--that is very helpful!
posted by sandettie light vessel automatic at 8:18 AM on December 14, 2012

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