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Nakagawa Woodcraft Hira Kobo WAVE

Beautiful curves created by calculation and technology
Champagne cooler with appearance

A wooden tub manufacturing technique that was handed down from the continent during the Muromachi period about 700 years ago. Nakagawa wood craft is a traditional technique that has been handed down from that time, such as sushi tubs and ohitsu, and white wood ...

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A wooden tub produced by Nakagawa Wood Craft Hira Kobo, " YORISIRO " / " WAVE ". In both cases, the natural curves that cannot be easily understood that the wooden boards are combined are eye-catching. We talked to the creator, Shuji Nakagawa, to get the key to solving the unverbalized sensation that can be felt from the appearance that surpasses the general image of a "tub" while having the function of filling water.

Before, I went abroad for two months a year to hold exhibitions and meetings, but since last year I have been in the studio every day due to the influence of Corona.

Both YORISIRO and WAVE applied for the Grand Prix, which they had been working on for the past few years, but since I had time to think about it all year round, the concept was to put together what I couldn't put out properly. I made.

Not limited to the submitted work YORISIRO / WAVE , instead of first formulating a clicked concept and embodying it, move your hands and still verbalize it. It is Mr. Nakagawa's manufacturing that embodies ideas and philosophies that have not been done. So, the concept we know is that it will appear naturally when the work is completed.

Nakagawa Wood Craft Hira Kobo Shuji Nakagawa

These two works were created by taking a counter-approach to the materials based on the attitude of making themselves. YORISIRO is the result of the uncontrollable parts of the material, and WAVE is the collection of 100 % controllable parts.


YORISIRO = Yorishiro. It refers to the object in which the god resides, such as trees and stones in the shrine. When Mr. Nakagawa showed his acquaintance a work made from scrap wood, he was given a word that expresses a shape that seems to have been cut out from nature.

"YORISIRO" series

The wood used for the work is purchased as a log, but the straight part that can be used for a normal tub is 50 % of the whole. The bent 50 % is used as scrap material and is piled up on the shelves until it can be used and stocked. Mr. Nakagawa uses the expression "sleeping", but as he looks at the scraps many times, he naturally picks them up until he comes up with the idea of ​​"this is one mouth" and "this is a pitcher". It is said that there is no such thing.

Instead of applying the shape you want to make to the material, you will remove the discomfort in the material.

Once the shape is up, it's time to start working. YORISIRO divides the wood into 4 glossy 8 pieces, and then breaks the edges of the wood that looks like shortcake. , It is molded by combining the ones cut with a plane again

By the way, the structure of the tub is to fix the wooden board and the bottom board with a sword. Generally, multiple swords are used around the top and bottom plate, but YORISIRO (also WAVE , which will be described later) is located at the bottom. There are only two swords.

Coupled with such a design, the cut-out trunk seems to sit comfortably in the space, but this is due to the principle of leverage. The sword serves as a fulcrum, and the force of the bottom plate to open the tub is reversed to the force to tighten the tub. It's a difficult technique, but I was able to make use of it in my work without removing the natural look such as bending of wood.

A plane with a curved base is used to make a wooden tub

Depending on the wooden tub to be produced, about 300 types of planes are used properly



YORISIRO is a work that draws out and embodies the inner voice of wood, WAVE is created by design x technology. I draw drawings with PC and finish it according to the process, but I cut out about 15 boards, scrape them, and complete 1 in total. Nimaru 2 days. It is the same as YORISIRO in that the fulcrum taken at the bottom is used as a fulcrum and the force of the bottom plate that is about to spread is converted to the force that tightens the upper part, but WAVE is that it is a polygon.

"WAVE" series

Originally, the wooden tub has an arch structure as its principle, so most of it has a round shape. At first glance, the polygonal WAVE , which looks different, is based on the same principle. The polygon is regarded as a set of circles of different sizes, and the center points of adjacent circles of different sizes are straight lines. It is stabilized by arranging it in a shape. In this way, WAVE , which seems to be made freely and sensuously, has a shape backed by precise calculation and logic.

Japanese culture is "folklore" that transcends individuals

Mr. Nakagawa calls himself a "craftsman, not an artist." It is important for artists to express with originality for only one generation, but craftsmen value "tradition" that transcends individuals. The craftsmen of traditional crafts also have the spotlight on the current runners, but there are batons handed over from the predecessor and the predecessor. He says that "tradition" that transcends one's identity is the essence of Japanese culture.

Mr. Nakagawa, who frequently traveled overseas before the effects of the new coronavirus spread, took a bird's-eye view of Japan and overseas


Crafts are also attracting attention in overseas art markets.

For art, where individual creativity is the key point, "inheritance" and "anonymity" are important for craft.

If you broaden your horizons further, the world will not move things by a specific elite, but will solve problems with collective knowledge while emphasizing the individual, "From I to We" I feel a "conversion"

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It is diversity that forms collective knowledge. Mr. Nakagawa says, "There is diversity in me, and even if I have a contradiction, I can leave it as it is." The feeling that cannot be verbalized from YORISIRO / WAVE may be an image of a changing society.

Award-winning work


Dimensions: Various

Material: Sugi / Nickel Silver / Brass

Award-winning work

・ Title of work: "WAVE"

・ Dimensions: Various

・ Material: Maki Takano ・ Nickel silver ・ Brass

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