A workshop that makes barrels that embody the nature, people, history, and technology of the Toyama region.
Sanshiro Taru Kobo is a joint project between Shimada Lumber and Yamazaki Komuten. Shimada Lumber harvests Mizunara, which grows naturally in Toyama and local forests at an altitude of about 600m, during the process of forest management and cultivation. Yamazaki Komuten, which has accumulated wood technology over many years in the town of wood carving and carpentry, uses this material to create barrels that are unparalleled in the world.
The barrel aims to contribute to the Saburomaru distillery, the production of Japanese whiskey, and the cultivation of whiskey culture.
Significance of making whiskey barrels that are particular about the ingredients in a town that has been around for over 630 years.
The Inami area of Nanto City, where Shimada Lumber is located, is located in the southwestern part of Toyama Prefecture and is a hilly and mountainous area adjacent to the northern part of Gifu Prefecture. Zuisenji Temple was built about 630 years ago, and the town of Inami prospered as a town of faith. It is also known as a culture of wood, and it began in the early Edo period when 10 carpenters from the Kaga clan were granted a mansion in Inami as a carpenter. After that, the distribution of wood using Mt. Shogawa became popular, and many craftsmen involved in wood, including woodworking and carving, are active. "Things", "People" and "Stories" are accumulated in this land of Inami. In Inami, where history and culture have been inherited, the significance of our whiskey barrel creation is to create old and new whiskey barrels.
Commitment to whiskey barrels
Making whiskey barrels from Japanese oak.
More than 10 years ago, Japanese oaks and mizunara oaks all over Japan were threatened by pests of the plaster beetle. In Toyama Prefecture, many dead trees have occurred, and especially Mizunara oak trees have disappeared. Now that the threat of platypus longhorn beetles has passed, Mizunara, which was once used for high-end furniture and daily necessities, is now being used as a new application for Sanshi Taru Teru Kobo, which is taking on the challenge of making whiskey barrels.
In order to increase the value of wood, we are collaborating with local professionals to take on the challenge of new manufacturing. In addition to barrels, we also develop products and services derived from barrels.