Iron bottle opener from northern Japan
Here's something else made from the same material and technique, a simple and elegant bottle opener of cast iron glazed with urushi, a black lacquer that prevents rusting.
Also, on Sunday, Tortoise is hosting a fundraiser for Japan's earthquake and tsunami victims, a stretching class from staff member Natsuo, a ballet instructor. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday, $20, with the entire fee donated to earthquake relief. To sign up, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Iron bottle opener round, $22, from Tortoise General Store in Venice at 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; (310) 314-8448; www.tortoisegeneralstore.com.
--S. Irene Virbila
Photo: Tortoise General Store.