Zelkova Coffee Scoop

by Yusuke Tazawa


A coffee scoop made out of Zelkova by Japanese woodworker Yusuke Tazawa. This darker wood is quite something, the scoop itself is deep and can be used to measure out all sorts of condiments (coffee, tea, sugar, spices).

The surface itself is smooth up until the back of the scoop where you can see a mosaic like pattern, highlighting the path of the knife. Inspiration for such a utensil derives from the 'hishaku' (water ladle used in the tea ceremony).

Dimensions: 21cm Length x 4cm Width (mouth)
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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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