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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Interior Pieces by Hiromatsu Furniture Inc.

The works that I’m presenting to you all today come from Hiromatsu Furniture, a company situated on the Japanese island Kyushu within Okawa, Fukuoka. Hiromatsu manufacture a number of elegant furnishings and wooden interior goods. The pieces created blend both traditional and contemporary Japanese design, with minimal decoration to the wood but clear indications of ancient joinery and craftsmanship techniques …

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Bob Robinson: Luthier by Troscan Design

I’ve been keeping a close eye out for work by Troscan Design, and late last night they released this brilliant film on founder and accomplished furniture designer Bob Robinson. Originally my goal was to show my appreciation for the furniture and the general forms that they create at Troscan Design, but it turns out Bob also has a passion for making string instruments and creates both classic and flamenco guitars. The video itself offers a …

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Vang Chair by Norwegian Designer Andreas Engesvik

I know I’m running the risk of turning this blog into a bit of a furniture fest, wasn’t my intention, but since I’ve started a little chair project of my own it seems to be ironic that I’d run across works of this nature. I become like a human magnet. Originally I thought it would be hard to find forms that might intrigue me, but just like this website I’ve had no problems inspiring myself and there’s an abundance of …

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Wood in Progress by Ernst Gamperl

Ernst Gamperl is a bit of a legend in the craft circles, I’m surprised we haven’t talked about him before because his wooden forms are spectacular to say the least. It seems like a good time to visit his works and showcase some exciting shapes that might get you all inspired, it certainly had me intrigued. I personally felt bringing over photos of his work in a singular fashion could of been one dimensional, so I put together a selection from …

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Damascus Steel Knife Making by John Neeman

I thought I’d bring another familiar face back into the fold today as we revisit the work of traditional craftsman John Needman and his “Birth of a Tool” film series, which documents one of his tools being lovingly put together by hand. Previously I’d brought across the first instalment of the project where many of us enjoyed seeing one of his beautiful axes being cast and hammered into …

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Miyazaki K Lounge Chair, Designed by Makoto Koizumi

I love getting in touch with small independent companies, it gives me a chance to actually connect in a personal way and also lets them know about our interest in their company. Sometimes we even hope it gives them that extra urge to continue creating, to know that there are people out there who appreciate what they’re doing. I always think it can be quite isolating when you’re a lone creat …

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Functional Items by SAITO WOOD

It wasn’t that long ago that I entered another small business into the archive named M.Saito Wood Works, and today it’s quite ironic that I’m placing another in called SAITO WOOD, which is quite close but not exactly the same. To be honest they’re on different sides of the spectrum but they do have a few small things in common, plus when I saw the fantastic photography by Taro Hirano I had to place it up for all of you to enjoy. Japanese …

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