For me it’s all about progression and the journey itself. I think that’s why I’m drawn to support each maker in any way that I can, also bringing in new work from them to show their development and skill level.
One very skilled woodworker is Taisuke Hirabayashi of Atelier Tree Song, he makes all of his wooden objects at his workshop in Tokyo. When I was first introduced to the work of Taisuke he was producing mainly small cutlery, these finely crafted utensils that had a lacquer finish. I was drawn to the two parallels in his work, for example the lacquer serving spoon and table spoon with a really fine finish, and then the half lacquer spoon and fork which contradict in a way.
So when I checked back in with Taisuke recently, he mentioned that he had been producing larger utensils and a few wooden dishes to go with them. These pieces are not only beautiful, but combine many of the aspects that I talked about above. That character and simplicity that cuts through is really quite something. More information and a selection of works can now be found in the shop.