Japanning, a craft that is listed on the Radcliffe Red List of Endangered Crafts, is a European imitation of Asian lacquer work, created in the 16th century to meet the demand for Chinoiserie. London Wood Carving is proud to be one of the few still upholding this craft today, using the original techniques with, gold leaf, gesso, shellac and pigments. Japanning can adorn any interior wooden surface in many different styles all it requires to get started is a little imagination. As with Water Gilding, Japanning is a labour intensive art that requires specialist skill and knowledge. Modern spray-on versions will never be able to replicate the delicate intricacies of this important and dying craft.