Akio Shimada

Coffer of Elm Wood with Design in Marquetry

  • Wood and Bamboo
  • Presented in 2023
  • H 15.4 x W 13.6 x D 31.0 cm
  • $4,493

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Tobetsu Town, where my studio is located, is an area famous for heavy snowfall in Hokkaido.
Using elm wood, which is a well-known wood in Hokkaido, I expressed the scene of morning sunlight shining on the powder snow that fell early in the morning.
I combined the trapezoidal elm wood parts cut in the same size to make the piece look three-dimensional and to express the sunlight shining on the snow.
I used Japanese elm for the marquetry, and jindai elm on the sides.

Category Wood and Bamboo
Year Presented 2023
Dimensions H 15.4 x W 13.6 x D 31.0 cm
Materials Elm wood
Exhibition The 19th Wood and Bamboo Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

Akio Shimada

photo Akio Shimada

When I was a child, I saw a wood engraving and was impressed and amazed by the beauty of the wood grains. Since then, I have been devoted to making things with wood. I consider the natural colors that the wood has, the wood grains, and how to balance them when working with wood. I give maximum effort to use the wood grains so that the patterns look three-dimensional when viewed from different angles.