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TEA SPOON

Tugumi Craft

Tea spoons that breathed new life into old material, making it to embody excitement

It is in the mountains of Chichibu that the atelier, Tugumi Craft is located. There is where unique woodwork products are being made. When visitors climb up a narrow steep slope along a mountain path, they would find a gentle-looking fourteen-year-old watchdog there to welcome them. The ceiling of the atelier, the result of renovating an old traditional house, was covered with translucent materials that let abundant sunlight to penetrate. The floor was covered with wood scraps. Being there, even though it was inside a house, one feels as if he was in the forest.

During the warm seasons, one hears the insects chirping and the birds singing, as well as the sound made by the showers, making one feel the vibrant space like that of a jungle. And in the winter, That space would be transformed into one where the only sounds audible are the crackling of the fire and the sound of wood being shave by Mr. Shijima Adachi.

It is a space whose brightness and expression change completely with the seasons. The material of the spoons, stools and stamps, etc that are made in this atelier is almost exclusively old wood that came from the dismantling of the old traditional house. Shaving off the badly decayed exterior of the wood, ascertaining the strength of the core and carefully selecting the pieces that can be used, Mr. Adachi breathes new life into them. But why does he venture to use old material. The reason for that seems to be intimately linked to what had made him take up woodworking.

“This was the site that I found when I was looking for a place to live after I had decided to move to Chichibu. A large house, built 100 years before then, was standing there. At that time, I was not engaged in woodworking yet, so I had no intention of make it into an atelier. However, if I left part of the house as it was, I felt that I could use it for something, leaving part of it without thinking about its use, and then dismantling it to rebuild the rest. Even though I was using the old wood that had come from the dismantling of the house as firewood in the beginning, before long, I took notice of its quality.

Just at that time, our eldest son was entering kindergarten and he needed a spoon for his school lunch. We could not find anything but plaster ones in the markets. Eager to make nice spoon with wood, I use the old wood as a trial. The result attracted quite a bit of attention (^^)! That was the beginning of my woodworking career. Even though it is time-consuming work, having to clean the old wood and to extract the nails, I want to go on using with great care what I have. I’ve been making things that can be made with the materials I have in hand, rather than procuring the material for making something.”

With the spoon for his child as the trigger, the range of his items gradually increased, as he responded to the requests of those around him. At the request of a certain cafe, he made some small teaspoons, using old chestnut wood. Central to the idea behind his creating those teaspoons was the modest desire that both the people who served the beverage, as well as those who were served, would be excited about them. That is why one senses the excitement in each one of them, like that of a letter being concealed in it or like that on receiving such a letter. Accompanying each of these teaspoons is a small poem written by Mr. Adachi, conveying this idea.Those thoughtful words like the content of a letter, penetrate deep into one’s heart and make him love the teaspoon all the more.

LOVE point

Being hand-created, no two products have the same form or expression. Even the minute distortions constitute the endearing personality that is unique to each teaspoon.

PRODUCT information

PRODUCT NAME

TEA SPOON

OUTLINE

All hand-made wood spoons are one-of-a-kind items, made of trees in Chichibu. Enjoy each unique shapes.

PRICE

¥1,000(tax out)

Company Info

Company Name Tugumi Craft URL http://www.tugumi-craft.jp

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