Hand carved wooden spoon
Botanically dyed with pomegranate
Liquid glass finish
Made in Japan
Drawing on vintage French cutlery that the artist has been collecting, these wooden cutlery items are amazing pieces of work. More surprisingly, they are very functional and made for practical use.
Muted graphite grey changes its shade and depth at an angle, showing the unique qualities of the grain and curvature of the wood. The colour comes from pomegranate dye which the artist managed to fix to the wooden surface.
It is finished with liquid glass, which not only makes it food safe and free from oil stains, but also that it will retain its colour for many years and is maintenance free, water resistant and unlikely to decay.
Liquid glass is a relatively new nano-technology coating formula using exactly the same materials used in glass. Liquid silica soaks into the grain of the wood, then vitrifies and protects the wood at the nano-fibre level. It is invisible, so it won't change the appearance of the wood; and organic, bio-degradable.
These cutlery pieces are a part of a series. Although they are made with a great precision, each piece is one-of-a-kind, and the colour and measurement vary slightly.
Length 20.5 cm Width 4.2cm
Material: single piece of acer pictum - commonly known as 'yellow painted maple'
Quantity: unique piece x 5
Sold separately. Price is for one item only
Hand carved wooden spoon - botanical dye
About the Maker
Raised at the foot of deep mountains in western Japan, Kitayama Eita is a wood artist who crafts breathtakingly beautiful tableware.
After spending many years for architectural and building works, he has found his passion in wood turning. Although it was relatively new skill to him and mostly self-taught, he has quickly developed his distinctive style.
Drawing on vintage French tableware which Kitayama has been collecting for years, he carefully translates the energy and soul of natural wood into utility objects. Naturally his items often feature or are build around the characters of each piece of wood such as knobs, splits and spalted marks. This makes an interesting effect when mixed with the almost perfectly turned forms of the vessels.
It is important for him that his works are both functional and aesthetically special. Botanical dyes on the wood and a liquid glass finish were his answers to achieve this synthesis of style and purpose. Kitayama’s tableware pieces are all food safe, organic, and surprisingly maintenance free.
Kitayama has recently found a new home in the northeastern Japanese town of Miyagi, another location in the midst of mountains, where he can find local wood in a sustainable way.
Read more about the artist's works on blog posts.
Hand wash with washing up liquid and warm water. Wipe with cloth and air dry completely before storing.
Handle with care. This item is not dishwasher safe. Not microwave safe.