The distinct bumps and textures of the maker’s tools are what make crafts so special. Japanese woodworker Masayuki Yanai has put these details to good use, his project titled ‘HAKO SHIKi’ involves wood that would otherwise go to waste.
Masayuki believes that there are too many trees felled and wooden objects that are not used. For this reason, he makes the best of the wood at his disposal, using the offcuts from bigger projects to showcase the beauty in nature through his tableware.
For his chopping board series you can see how he combines the different wood types to make a coloured pattern. His ‘toast plate’ seen above is one of my personal favourites. This piece comes in 3 wood types and elevates the food from the plate thanks to the carved markings. The black dye is especially good looking!