As I prepare to visit Japan next week, I’d like to take a look back at another workshop we visited during our latest trip (13 months ago!).
We dropped in on Isao Aoyanagi at his Asahikawa workshop, which was surprisingly clean and tidy. Apparently, he had been tipped off and decided to clean up for our visit.
He kindly took the time to show us around and explain his design and production process, all of which is done on a small scale since he personally works on each piece.
Mr. Aoyanagi loves to make clocks and we could easily see that.
He also showed us one of the Tricolor Wood Desktop Chests being made. Each piece is cut precisely so that they fit together tightly without the need for nails.
I love the light layer of sawdust everywhere, evidence of detailed woodwork.