Thursday, February 21, 2008

Take-G Toys

I just wanted to share these awesome wooden toys with you. They are handcrafted by Japanese artist, Takeji (Take-G) Nakagawa.

Four different kinds of wood are used in his creations; a keyaki (a Japanese tree of the genus Zelkova), a teak, a walnut, and a white ash. The toys are constructed from joined woodblocks.

In Japan, the Hakone-Odawara region is famous for the traditional joined woodblock craft. Normally the craft involves a 2-D pattern. Take-g Toys has taken it a step further by using this traditional skill to make a 3-D pattern instead.

These toys are really amazing!
Check out his website to see more of his creations.

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