October 13, 2008:
I started this 2.1 over 4 years ago, with much of the exterior work done at that time. The major bore work was done over the past 6 months. Rattan and sterling silver nakatsugi joint, sterling utaguchi bordering / kinko inlay, very dense piece of nicely mottled madake, harvested in Kumamoto, Japan. Shaved root end. This is a more subtle shakuhachi, with a softer, honed, creamy tone, and an especially beautiful kan.