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Teiwan hō (提腕法, ていわんほう, i.e. “bucket arm technique”)

One of the methods of holding a calligraphy brush, where the right arm (腕) that holds the brush (or more precisely the palm of the hand) is curved upwards in the form of a bucket (hence - 提, which means “a bucket” in Japanese; and “to lift” or “a scoop” in Chinese), and holds the brush at 90 degrees angle to the paper surface, while the forearm rests on the table’s surface. This technique is used mostly for writing small scale characters, due to rather narrow range of wrist mobility. The other three main brush holding techniques are kenwan hō (懸腕法, けんわん ほう, i.e. “suspended arm technique”), chinwan hō (枕腕法, ちんわん ほう, lit. “pillow arm technique”), and possibly the most rigid of them all: kaiwan hō (廻腕法, かいわん ほう, i.e. “round arm technique”). Teiwan hō is quite a popular technique amongst Chinese calligraphers.

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