At the beginning of the lesson, I did a forging the seams of the monk bowl like yesterday but this shape is called “Hua Sua”(Tiger head-shape). Historically, this shape is the latest style. The age of it is about 30 years. The shape of it is similar to traditional shapes but the base is slightly cut so it can be placed on the floor.

This is the picture of the “Hua Sua” shape(Tiger head-shape).

Tiger head-shape is quite hard for forging the seam because the corner of its is not curvy like Lime-shape.

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On this day, I did a forging the seams of the monk bowl but this one is a different shape from the previous one that I did a few days ago.

This shape is called “Manao shape”(Lime-shape).

Historically, the Manao shape(Lime-shape) is about 80–90 years. The curve of the monk bowl is similar to a lime.

Lime-shape is the one of easiest for forging the seam because it is curvy and so round. Thus, It is not hard to aim and hit the seam in the correct position.

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On the second day of learning, I have done only one training which is hammering the seams. This task is difficult for the beginner and most students give up this task because it spends power and preciseness for hammering.

Before the process of hammering the seams, the monk bowl will…

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I started the first day of training by break the ice. I talked about the general conversation of our life. He is younger than me and he used to be one of the students here. Originally, He didn’t grow up in the Ban bath community but he came from Northeast…

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To understand clearly about the know-how of crafting monk bowl. I started to do action research by searching and asking each family who still craft monk bowl in the community to teach me. After asking each family, they couldn’t teach me because I wasn’t born there. If they teach me, it will break their tradition. Anyway, I luckily found one master who appreciates to teach me for crafting my monk bowl. My first class will start on 2nd November and it will finish when I complete my monk bowl.

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