A short post to introduce our newest feature on Japanese woodworker Eiji Hagiwara. His first selection of work was introduced to the shop earlier in the year, but I’ve since gone on to order a number of items from Mr Eiji Hagiwara.
Born in Tokyo, Eiji Hagiwara now works out of his studio in Sayama, Saitama Prefecture. Here he makes furniture and tableware, such as chopsticks, spoons, dishes, and bud vases. Inspired by the Shakers philosophy of “to be necessary and useful”, his goal is to utilise the nature of the tree to the best of his ability, following the grain of the wood to make sure they fit organically in the users hand.
I hope you enjoy this small feature on this very dedicated and talented craftsman, which follows the production of his chopsticks from start to finish. Enjoy.