Traditional knifemaking is generally divided into rough work and clean work. Forging, shaping, and kaji-togi polishing can be done in the kajiba, but finishing work must be done in a cleaner area. This small shiageba will provide work areas for carving saya (scabbards) and tsuka (handles), polishing blades, and other finishing work such as lacquering with natural urushi and tsukamaki (handle wrapping).
The original shed was built by a friend about a decade ago, mainly from reclaimed materials and finished with a painted plywood skin. For years it was used as a farm building and later partially finished inside for use as a creative space and storage area. During the kajiba project it became the storage area for tools and materials. After moving to its current location a large reclaimed window was added and the exterior was finished with charred Nootka Cypress and hand split shakes from Red Cedar driftwood. In this location the windows face north to provide stable lighting conditions throughout the day.
The long term locals approve of the new hangout spot.