Upon completion of high school, Keiji entered an apprenticeship for Tanihata in Toyama Prefecture in the Hokuriku area. Keiji honed his Kumiko craft technique at Tanihata for 6 years. At the age of 25 he returned to his hometown and joined his family business, Yoshihara Wood Crafters as a journeyman.
Kumiko Craftsmanship originated in the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The use of nails or metal fittings is strictly forbidden. Thin pieces of wood are intricately fitted using traditional techniques to make elaborate pieces of wooden art. The beautiful shadows that these pieces create have long been a natural living art in Japan. Shimane “R” Product utilizes these age old techniques in our sliding doors and lamp shades. We recommend the use of our products to bring beauty and comfort to your living environment. We strive to perfect traditional Kumiko craftsmanship, but at the same time evolve the techniques to include contemporary designs to bring the warmth of wood to all.
2011 50th Annual Japan Craftsmanship Exhibition Award 2012-14 Maison & Objet Paris (exhibited) 2013 Japan Institute of Design Promotion Good Design Award
Yoshihara Wood Crafters
912-1 Murodani, Misumi Town, Hamada City, Shimane Prefecture