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Japanese woodwork

Posted by rod - 22.06.2012

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Japan is a nation that has a long lasting tradition in carpentry, using traditional Japanese methods and special Japanese tools. Designer Keiji Yoshihara is a masters at his trade that dates back several hundred years.

Yoshihara mastered the technique of kumiko. The method dates back over 800 years and involves creating pattern and form from exactly cut, interlocked strips of wood.

The traditional wood-carved boxes above use the Nikkobori method that originated from the Nikko city in Tochigi Prefecture. The technique involves that the wood is dried for a period of time, six months to three years. Local flora patterns are usually carved with a tool called  a hikaki into the boxes. The boxes above are about as big as an A4 piece of paper. via core77

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