Spirit and Skill Film Series by Zibasan Hyogo

We’re big fans of Japanese craft here so this film series that has been put together by Zibasan Hyogo was a breath of fresh air on my internet travels this morning. Tramnesia have been our go to guys recently but it was nice to come across some other entities highlighting handmade products, the more the merrier in my eyes. Today I’ve opted to focus on their first three films in the series which are based around woodworking and metalwork.

The project began with Miki Hardware almost a month back when we got to see a craftsman putting a handmade knife together, I loved to see Miki still staying true to their age old techniques and never forgetting their heritage. It got me wondering how long it must take to put one of these together, I’d imagine we’re talking at least three hours work to refine these to the point of use in the kitchen, so they’re something you’d really treasure as an owner.

The second film where we get to see a traditional maths abacas being put together is perhaps the most simplistic item to construct out of the three, but I have to say for me personally it is easily my favourite. I guess I get all nostalgic seeing a wooden piece being put together and it’s hard to put a finger on exactly why. Maybe it’s the concept of taking an object that has finished it’s life as a tree and giving it a new purpose, but I’m just a bit of a sucker for seeing wooden products being put together.

One thing that did really surprise me was the low amount of views on this series as it seems to have been hidden from view over on Vimeo. Projects like these don’t seem to hang around for too long so hopefully with a bit of exposure this series will get the attention it deserves. If you’re excited by the art of traditional craftsmanship I’d really urge you to follow this project through the link below, I personally can’t wait to see what else the Zibasan Hyogo team will uncover.

www.vimeo.com/zibasanhyogo