I’ve come across and picked up the work of many fantastic woodworkers in my time, but Yusuke Tazawa has to be up there with the best. As a fairly new addition to the store we’ve already restocked his work a number of times, but even work that I’ve seen before takes my breathe away. The objects have those beautiful chisel marks that remind me of ripples running across a lake, not only do the shallow concaves catch and absorb the light quite wonderfully they also attach us to the making process and connect us with the craftsman who made them.
Yusuke is currently conjuring up some new creations for the shop in 2015, but for now we’re very grateful to receive a restock of his chopstick boxes, thin dishes, makiji lacquer dishes, and walnut trays. The chopstick boxes are always a treat, secured on each side using simple walnut pins and a lid which has a textured surface much like the trays and other thin dishes.
I’m currently in the process of recapturing these with my camera, so I thought I’d highlight a few of my favourites so far alongside some images of Yusuke making in his studio. It’s a real treat to revolve around such work. Enjoy.