Geronimo Pole Co. has a select quantity of high quality
Japanese Tokobashira poles in our inventory. The traditional
Japanese method for debarking utilizes a bamboo tool to
carefully slough the bark from the pole in spring. This
allows the true nature of the pole to be expressed, revealing
a subtle beauty. The quality and fineness of these poles
is exquisite revealing color, luster grain and most importantly
naturalness. This specialty product is seasoned indoors
over time to produce a finely crafted pole highlighted
in traditional Japanese homes, temples and teahouses.
However the majority of these poles are sold to builders
of fine crafted American custom homes.
The Tokobashira or ornamental alcove post is procured
from the following varieties of trees: Incense Cedar,
Pine, Oak, Manzanita, Yew and Black Locust. Some specimens
will be clear (without knots) while other will have
a polished smooth finish of gentle light and dark colors
with gnarls and branches neatly spaced. Commonly requested
these are called Muro in Japanese while the other style
is called Shibori Maurta. Aesthetically fascinating
they resonate not only with the sound of the wind in
the cedars but also with the intrigue of primal forces.
Tokobashira poles range in diameter from 2 inches on
up to 16 inches. More common requests range from 4 to
7 inches. Lengths are available up to 35 feet. Subject
to stock on hand. Quantity discounts are offered, Please
call for pricing and availability.
Tokobashira shelves are procured from a select quantity
of smaller width slabs. On some shelves one side is
flat and the other is kept naturally round from the
log cut. This natural face will often have character
knots and wane.