Yo's Carved Wood Pieces
These wood pieces have all been gently carved by our beloved traveling woodcarver and woodcarving instructor from Japan, Yo Takimoto. Yo was in Los Angeles in March when the pandemic hit. He return home to Japan, cancelling all of his woodcarving classes at Tortoise until further notice. Yo left behind some of his treasured woodcarvings and has made them available for purchase, in hopes of supporting himself with their sale during this extended hiatus. Each piece is made from wood that Yo has personally found and gathered on his journeys throughout Japan as a woodcarving instructor. Yo is a traveling woodcarver with pupils across Japan who he regularly visits throughout the year. Many of his pupils are children, as Yo teaches people woodcarving to foster respect for nature.
Each piece is hand-carved and stays true to the natural form of the wood, so there is variation to each piece. The wood is coated only in a very thin layer of 100% beeswax, so the color and texture may change over time. This includes darkening of the wood, drying of the wood or an added shine and gloss to the wood over time.
Yo started carving as a young boy, a common hobby among kids his age. When Yo entered adulthood, he started as a city planner in Tokyo. For 20 years, he worked as a city planner and became very stressed as a result. A good friend gave Yo a carving knife as a Christmas present, and Yo began woodcarving again - a practice he had forgotten about for at least 35 years. Yo started woodcarving to cope with stress, and eventually he decided to leave his job to pursue a life where he could teach others to carve wood and gain more peace in their lives as well.
Long Cotton Wood - 6 x 1.75 x 1.5 inches
Long Black Persimmon - 7.25 x 1 x 1.25 inches
Keyaki Hard Wood - 7.5 x 1.25 x 0.5 inches
Plum Tree - 7 x 1 x 0.5 inches
Round Cotton Wood - 2.25 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches
Camphor Tree - 4.25 x 1.5 x 1 inches
Buck Eye - 2.25 x 2 x 1 inches
Manzanita - 5 x 1.25 x 1 inches
Red Wood - 2.5 x 2 x 1.25 inches
Round Black Persimmon - 3 x 1.25 x 1 inches
Dust occasionally. Keep out of direct sunlight to avoid stripping of color and change in texture.
Return Policy / Shipping Policy:
This item is an art piece and final sale.