I’m working on a pretty cool feature at the moment, which I’m hoping to release in the next few weeks. It’s been hectic here with the amount of new arrivals that we’ve had in the shop, but since the new feature is highlighting a woodworker, it was fitting that some new woodwork would arrive from Fujii Works.
Owned by husband and wife Kenichi and Minako Fujii, they’ve been staples in our shop for a number of years now. Kenichi is the woodturner, he also carves the pieces by hand and constructs the vessels. Minako on the other hand applies the finishing touches, such as sanding and applying the lacquer. This time both have really come in to their own, producing both objects without lacquer and those with lacquer.
A few stand out designs are the walnut and oak tea canisters, the makiji lidded bowl, and also the nuno plate. The tea canisters have a lid that’s almost like an air lock, both slide down slowly by themselves and seal tightly. It’s quite incredible to see such precision. Both the makiji lacquer bowl and nuno plate are where Minako’s skills really shine, the lidded bowl is a textured lacquer and the nuno plate also has a unique texture. Nuno, meaning cloth in Japanese, has this lined surface which is beautiful on the eye. These are now available in the store.