New Maker in the Shop, Japanese Woodworker Hiroyuki Sugawara

This blog gives me a place to showcase all my inspirations, but it also allows me to hunt for people that we could represent in the shop here in the UK. All of a sudden we seem to have become a destination for Japanese craft and design, possibly thanks to my fascination with the culture and also their eye for simplicity and attention to detail. I often receive emails from happy customers say …

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Furniture by Australian Designer Henry Wilson

Modular and handmade furniture seems to be work that I’m drawn to, I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but a few ideas came to mind the other day when I was thinking about the furniture that I personally own. Firstly, as a designer myself, I tend to prefer or remember the prototypes rather more vividly than the finished pieces, you could say that the design process or journey is just as important as the final destination. It also fascinates me how simple …

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The Detailers: Boat Builder Robert Darr

It’s funny how unusual collaborations lead to the creation of such interesting work. I guess over the past few years we’ve seen a heavy rush in content relating to the craft and design field, mainly focusing on makers and craftsmen. One particular field that’s used their talent to good effect is in the filmmaking department, lots of young independents have been jumping on the bandwagon and have documented various designers and artisans all …

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Wooden Cutlery by atelier TREE SONG

iichi has turned out to be a fantastic resource, I find myself searching through different craftsmen and makers on a regular basis. If you don’t already know, it’s a bit like the Japanese version of Etsy or Folksy, so you have all these different creatives selling their work online. Last time I presented the works of Fushimi Lacquer Workshop, all made by lacquer craftsman Fushimi Maki in Kanagawa, Japan. Today I’m showcasing some wooden …

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Furniture and Interiors by Christian Woo

Today I would like to showcase the work of a designer who thoroughly understands contrast: Christian Woo. Christian started his own company in 2006 in Vancouver, BC, and now collaborates with architects and clients across North America. He offers his services as a custom cabinetmaker as well as making furniture for various retailers. Christian was originally inspired to pursue woodworking by his Grandfather’s love of craft …

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Japanese Craftsman and Making Processes by Adam Fulford

Last night I was supposed to be getting on with some work but I ended up spending half of it watching through these incredible videos placed up by Adam Fulford. I previously sat through one on the lacquer process a few months back but he’s uploaded a lot more and they’re ever so inspiring, I was in awe watching all the craftsmen create in silence, Adam seems to be living a dream of …

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Innovative Wooden Vessels and Shapes by Shimoo Design

A selection of functional but sculptural looking objects by Japanese studio Shimoo Design, who mainly specialise in making handcrafted furniture. Shimoo was founded in Toyama Prefecture in 1997 by husband and wife duo Kazuhiko and Saori Shimoo. They’ve been experimenting with a variety of different forms and shapes since, particularly at a smaller scale which is always nice to see. It …

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Wood Turned Vessels by Andy DiPietro

I’ve not highlighted a woodturner for a little while, and it’s a technique I’m really fascinated by, so I’ve been on the hunt this morning to see what I can find in this area. Pennsylvania seems to be a real playground for individuals working in the medium of wood, so it was of little surprise to me that I landed upon the webpage of turner Andy DiPietro who’s based locally. When you consider famous craftsmen like Wharton Esherick and George …

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Large Wooden Pebbles by Joel Sayre

Some fantastic wooden pebbles that I came across earlier made by Joel Sayre. They reminded me of two of my favourite woodworkers, one named Alma Allen and the other being Ed Moulthrop, the so called ‘father of modern wood turning’. Possibly Alma because of the shape and lovely finish, and maybe Ed because of the woods that Joel tends to use, which is quite a variety to be honest. The pebble above is made out of a monkey puzzle …

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Introduction to Sculptor Michael Coffey by Bespoke Global

This was a real treat of a find today, and I was quite lucky to stumble across it in all honesty. I was taking my usual travels to come across something unique/different that I could showcase and I had remembered I was going to research sculptor Michael Coffey but never got around to it after seeing a selection of work on the Wright auction site. Once I had dug around a little I …

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Wooden Utensils and Vessels by Hiroyuki Sugawara

I came across these stunning utensils and vessels over the weekend thanks to maker Hiroyuki Sugawara from Japan. All of his woodworkings come out of his studio titled Greenlight in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, where he works on crafting these pieces by hand. Hiroyuki originally came from a background in product design but decided to set up a small workshop when he retired, I think you …

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Woodenware by Masahiro Endo

Some beautiful wooden objects by Japanese woodworker and designer Masahiro Endo, he’s been on my watch list for quite a while and I’ve had his personal website bookmarked for a later date. Today seems like a good day to have a browse through the portfolio and talk about some interesting elements regarding his work, specifically those wonderful handmade touches. Masahiro makes a living from his workshop named TURN …

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