This attractive utensil is made from cherry bark and features an expertly carved cherry blossom and petal on its lower half. It will make scooping loose leaf tea leaves out of our zip lock packages or your favorite tea container a breeze. It’s especially usefully for scooping up fine and dense leaf teas such as senchas or semi-ball rolled oolongs. To clean, wipe with a soft dry cloth. Avoid wiping with anything abrasive, as this may scratch the natural finish of the cherrybark or damage the carved design.
Kabazaiku, or cherry bark work, was developed as a craft during the 18th century in Akita Prefecture, Japan. It is still popular today and owes it appeal to the humble and natural beauty of the bark. Thin layers of bark are carefully culled from wild cherry trees, and used to create lovely decorative items such as tea containers, scoops and trays. The natural markings of cherry bark adds a pleasant appearance while the glossy sheen of the bark lends a touch of elegance.