Lacquer Cocktail Stirrer

by Yusuke Tazawa


A wooden lacquer coated utensil made by Japanese craftsman Yusuke Tazawa. This darker wood is quite something, the lacquer itself is applied using the fuki-urushi method, in which he repeatedly applies lacquer and then wipes it off.

Named the "Cocktail Stirrer" due to it's unusual shape, this spoon can also be used for sugar and salt, also for hot and cold drinks. The inspiration for such a utensil derives from the 'chashaku' (tea scoop used in the tea ceremony).

Dimensions: 22.5cm Length x 1cm Width
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Japanese craftsman Yusuke Tazawa's philosophy is "simple design, quiet form". He hopes to make wooden tableware that blend in with daily life, objects that are forgotten once used but are fully functional when necessary. With a background in furniture making Yusuke's inspiration is nature itself, using the textures and tones found in the forest as a key element in to his work.

As a child Yusuke always took a strong interest in handicrafts, so as a student he specialised in Forest Science and Engineering. After working in conservation he took the plunge to convey the importance of the woodland and nature through his woodworking skills. He now works out of his studio named Think! Forest in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture and is well-known for producing special objects for the tea ceremony.

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