I live outside of Moscow Idaho. I'm a woodworker and a Zen practitioner. I make wooden rakusu rings as a service project and as my part of my work practice. I ship internationally. I work primarily in domestic woods, sometimes wood supplied by jukai aspirant and I've been know to collect wood species with no commercial value but beautiful nonetheless. I can get and work about any wood in the world. I've be known to collect (scavenge) small precious wood samples. Please contact me at email@example.com to question availability of your desired wood species. It is important that we connect, with a long enough timeline, (usually a couple of weeks) and to talk about the wood species available and desired. I will work with you to get the right rakusu ring. A rakusu ring that speaks to you.
I typically don't have rings pre-made. When doing small bulk orders I need more lead time and I collect the names, email addresses and home towns of the final recipients of the rakusu rings. This is for my database of the homes of the rakusu rings I make. I really like to know where each rakusu ring ends up, where it sleeps at night. I sometimes provide rakusu rings to roshis, sanghas or jukai classes, but I'd prefer to work with each aspirant directly. I do not make rakusu rings for resale. If you are a interested in a few rakusu rings for a group, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll talk.
Below are the images of rings I've made and are in service around the world. I may or may not have access to some of the woods below. The rakusu rings are made on request. I think it is important you get a rakusu ring that speaks to you. Sometimes I may have the perfect ring already made, usually, though, I'll have to produce a ring for you and that process takes about a week or two. I sometimes have wood species that are not represented here. This is just a sampling, the one I might make for you is different because wood color and grain pattern, even in the same species of wood, are varied. Click on the image for a higher resolution view. If you see any here you like, or have questions email at email@example.com. Please enclose details about your practice, the group and linage you practice in, when and with whom you will be taking jukai. Anything you'd be willing to share. I'd love to have pictures of you with your completed rakusu. The size of the rings I make are 2 1/2" outside diameter, 1 3/8" hole and are about 5/16" thick. These are made one at a time and their precise dimensions vary a little. Select this link to see pictures of the process, warning sausage being made.
I also make custom sized Kesa Rings.
Information on sewing the Rakusu.
Woods I used in the past -- Some pictured, some not, some may not be currently available.
- Birds Eye Maple
- Pacific Yew
- Redwood Burl
- Box Elder Burl
- Black Locust Burl
- Wild Plum
- Oregon Myrtle
- Spalted Maple
- Bug Killed Ponderosa Pine
- Black Ash
- White Ash
- Ambrosia Maple
Helpful sewing tips and a precept guide, rakusu pattern and photos of a completed rakusu are available at http://palousezen.org/jukai.html.
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Here are sample image showing the character of the various rings.
(All these actual particular rings are in service. Email so we discuss wood choice and for current availability.)
Birds Eye Maple with natural dark streaks.
Box Elder with a small bark inclusion.
Birds Eye Maple with natural dark streak.
Birds Eye Maple
Box Elder Burl
Birds Eye Maple
Box Elder with a natural reddish streak.
Madrone Burl - only a small amount left.
Box Elder Burl One
Box Elder Burl Two
Lace Wood One
Lace Wood Two