Akio Shimada

Coffer of Elm Wood with Design in Marquetry

  • Wood and Bamboo
  • Presented in 2023
  • H 17.9 x W 13.6 x D 30.1 cm
  • $4,500

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Winter in Hokkaido is very long, and sometimes we spend several months seeing everything covered with snow outside of the window.
I wanted to express snowflakes with the marquetry and am repeating the process of trial and error.
I made snowflakes in this box, too. You can enjoy the box in several ways as the reflection on the wood grain changes if you see it from different angles.
I used Japanese elm for the marquetry, and jindai elm on the top and bottom of the marquetry.

Category Wood and Bamboo
Year Presented 2023
Dimensions H 17.9 x W 13.6 x D 30.1 cm
Materials Elm wood
Exhibition The 63rd East Japan 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.