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Takizawa Bear Puzzle - tortoise general store
Takizawa Bear Puzzle - tortoise general store
Takizawa Bear Puzzle - tortoise general store
Takizawa Bear Puzzle - tortoise general store

Takizawa Bear Puzzle

Regular price $83 Unit price  per 

Description:
This playful, handmade puzzle is modeled after the Ussuri brown bear, native to Hokkaido. Hokkaido, the northernmost prefecture in Japan, is known for paper production and woodworking. Takizawa Plywood celebrates its local industry by creating "paper-wood," a new plywood made with colorful, recycled paper and veneer layers. Plywood is often thought of as a cheap and throw-away material, but this bright three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle is an example of Takizawa's transformative innovation. Unlike painted wood, this colorful paper will never fade or flake off. The Takizawa Bear Puzzle can be used as a fun and challenging toy or an often-admired decorative piece.

Variation:
Each piece is handmade, and there may be some color variation throughout the "paper-wood". Each piece will have a slightly different grain and cross-section of plywood.

History: 
Takizawa Plywood, is located in Hokkaido, Japan. They are the first wood designers to develop “Paper-Wood,” a plywood made from recycled color paper and layered veneer. All of the wood was grown locally in Hokkaido. “Paper-Wood” has a colorful cross-section surface with beautiful aesthetic expressions absent from conventional plywood. This material has been used in numerous buildings and interiors by renowned designers and architects. It received the Good Design Award in 2010.

 

Measurement:
9" x 2" x 4"

Materials: 
"Paper-Wood" - laminated recycled paper and wood veneer.

Care Instructions:
Avoid leaving in direct sunlight for an extended period of time. Keep dry.

 

Returns must be made within 2 weeks in original, unused condition with all packaging for either 1. Store credit for the full amount or 2. Refund - minus a 20% restocking fee.  Tortoise does not cover the cost of return shipping or the cost of re-shipping an exchange, and the cost of shipping for returns and exchanges is the responsibility of the customer.  

 

Takizawa Bear Puzzle - tortoise general store
Takizawa Bear Puzzle - tortoise general store