Wooden utensils have been featured quite a lot lately on the blog, it’s been great to see the different creatives who’re making these pieces of art, in fact I don’t think they’re respected as much as they should be. To make items like I’m showcasing today is incredibly hard. I’ve been challenging myself over the past few weeks to get productive on this front and make some wooden spoons but I’ve had a hard time, I thought it would be easier than it actually is. But that’s what I love about my job, the more crafts and products that inspire me the more I decide to delve into the subject, actually a lot of the time I end up reproducing them myself, or at least I attempt to. And pretty much every time it’s harder than it seems. Obviously I won’t be giving up but finding content and businesses like I have today is a great inspiration and works in my favour when creating.
Manufact Jam, one of the more obscure names that I’ve come across, is a Japanese company run by architect and woodworker Furuhashi Haruhito. Born in 1972 Furuhashi studied at various schools and at an architectural design house in Japan, he then went on to produce furniture and other woodworking items. He started experimenting with old materials such as steel and other metals but settled on old wood which he could turn in to a variety of homewares and sell under the Manufact Jam name. As you can see above and below this includes wooden spoons, wooden plates, bowls, chopping boards, even little pots. But what’s most important in my opinion is the fact that Mr Haruhito is really supportive of the whole community and uses his website to promote other creative individuals and showcase their work as well, in fact some are shown here in this post, it’s something we’re fond of and it’s our long term goal to promote independents who need that little nudge to showcase their skills.
So here I’ve selected a bunch of images from the Manufact Jam website that should keep you going in the inspiration field for a little while. Obviously you can find many more on the website and I’d highly recommend flicking through all the blog posts on the homepage, there’s some mouth watering imagery. My favourite has to be the lacquerware which I’ve taken a distinct liking to through my Japanese discoveries, it’s a long process but the end result looks truly exceptional.