Red Plant Dye Tray

by Yusuke Tazawa


Red plant dye tray handcrafted by Japanese maker Yusuke Tazawa. This darker red colour is quite beautiful, the carved markings on the surface of the tray add aesthetically, but also serve a function as they give traction to anything placed on top.

The tray is large enough for a tea set, and features bevelled underside and corners so you can fit your fingers under each edge to pick it up. An item to be cherished. Made by dipping the wood in plant dye, then an oil finish with a liquid glass coating, and finally finished with wax.

Please note that each tray is individual and features slightly different markings from where the craftsman has been at work.

Approx Dimensions: 26cm Length x18cm Width x 1.5cm Height
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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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