@ After being cut down trees are dried for between three to five years before use. After this, a production process of 124 stages that takes from six months to a year is then carried out to complete a piece of Wajima-nuri.
Each stage of the production process is divided into ten fields and is carried out by specialists in a complete division of labor.
Each unique discipline has almost without exception been passed down from generation to generation and is thus completely specialized and each field of technical skill has been developed and preserved to an exceptionally high degree.
A piece of Wajima-nuri passes from one specialized craftsman to another at each stage of the production process on its journey to completion.
Each craftsman has pride in his ability and performs his work with painstaking dedication so that he can pass the work on to the next craftsman in the process with confidence.
Overseeing the whole process and fulfilling the role of producer is the nushiya who checks and controls every stage of the production process.
The nushiya handles every aspect of the business from ordering, sales and delivery.
This unique form of division of labor is the foundation on which the quality of Wajima-nuri is based.
Each stage of the production process is carried out completely by hand by specialist craftsmen and demands the highest level of uncompromising quality.
Only products created in this way can be called Wajima-nuri.

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