Homemade geta phase 1
shows some geta found in an archaological excavation of a village in
Tamagawa prefecture. Dates of occupation run from the late 13th
through early 16th century if the Google translation of the pages are
anything to go by. One pair shows evidence of mortise and tenon
joinery of trapezoidal ha directly into the sole of the geta. (I'd
dearly love a more specific date on these, but....
Materials for the sole, a 3 foot long poplar 1"x6" and a 1/4" hardwood
dowel. Hanao will be made of cotton welt cord used for upholstery
piping - I need to rummage my scrap fabric stash for something to
cover it with.
I definitely need more practice guiding a jigsaw around curves. These
babies are nowhere near as symmetrical as I would like. Then again,
these are going to be bad weather shoes, so for a first try, I guess
they're not awful. Instead of trying to cut and fit the tenon from the
top of the ha, I drilled and tapped in dowels.
http://www.egeorgeonline.com/getapage/ has decent directions on geta
construction. Part III is missing, but if you dig, there's a link to a
Japanese page showing photos of attachment of the hanao(thongs) here:
Saionji no Hanae, West
- Noble Cousins!
Greetings from Solveig! They are being a bit vague about when the
geta were made aren't they. They do say that the port village was
inhabited from the late Heian up until at least the early Muromachi
period. The buildings are of course recreations. I have been to a
number of recreated or in some cases preserved villages like this in
Japan and Korea. Please note that the caption for the geta pretty
much confirms what I have been saying about their use. Please,
please, please, do not wear them into the feast hall and similar places.
Your Humble Servant