I live outside of Moscow Idaho. I'm a woodworker and a zen practitioner. I make wooden rakusu rings and 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. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 and I usually do not have any pre made. 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. Lightweight. Select this link to see pictures of the process, warning sausage being made.
I sometimes provide rakusu rings to sanghas and 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.
Another rakusu ring maker is Zen Buddhist monk Oshin Jennings and they are available at No Barriers Zen Temple.
Woods I used in the past -- some may not be currently available.
- Birds Eye Maple
- Pacific Yew
- Box Elder Burl
- Black Locust Burl
- Wild Plum
- Oregon Myrtle
- Spalted Maple
- Bug Killed Ponderosa Pine
- Black Ash
- White Ash
- Ambrosia Maple
Precept guide, rakusu pattern and photos of a completed rakusu. 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 for current availability.)
Spalted River Birch (Spalting varied a lot, this one is medium) very little left.
Apple - none left.
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