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Japanese Mochi Bowls

Like-Go-Eat? | | Nov 26, 2005 08:00 PM

I want to carve two traditional Japanese Mochi Bowls. One for my family and one for a good friend. I know that many families now use a “Mochi Maker.” Using the traditional New Years Day method of hand-pounding with Mochi mallets is much better because it is a family experience much the same as hand-cranking ice cream on the Fourth of July or hand-making tamales on Christmas Eve. The whole family having fun working together toward a special treat. To me that is what a "get-to-gether" is about. To make Mochi two family members swing the mallets as one member turns the rice between the swings. A deep family trust is developed as well as many laughs. I need to know what tree log a traditional Mochi bowl is carved from and where do I find the logs? I have measured several antique Mochi bowls and I think 18" round by 18" high would be perfect. I will carve the 6" deep bowl in the top and some additional carvings on the side for family history and decoration. I know they need to be a hardwood log to withstand the pounding. I guess oak would work but I want them to be as authentic as possible. I am in So. California but I am willing to do some driving for the right logs. My thanks for any help

Mochi Making.