The kijishi woodworking techniques needed to make the forms for lacquer coating require immense precision; even though, once the lacquer layers are applied, the details of this workmanship are only perceptible to a skilled craftsperson.
「Lr」 uses very fine coatings and simple materials to enhance natural color and grain; allowing the user to feel the texture of the wood and the craftspeople's superior skills.
Fuki-urushi is a technique where urushi lacquer is applied and wiped off to create a finish that makes the most of the wood grain pattern.
Repeated application, wiping and drying, accentuates the natural wood grain and gives the surface a unique sheen.
Lacquer dries according to humidity, with the color of the lacquer varying depending on the season and the day. Skilled artisans are required to apply the lacquer while keeping an eye on subtle environmental changes.
Polyurethane lacquer coating is often used as an alternative to urushi.
「Lr」craftspeople are always exploring new ways to improve spray-coating techniques and have developed a method of applying three separate coats, polishing between each application, to achieve a completely smooth and polished surface.
The result is an easy to clean and low-maintenance surface, combining beauty and practicality.