Hakone Marquetry

Noboru Honma demonstrates an incredible series of techniques to make container skins. When he plained the skins off solid blocks by hand my jaw dropped. Incredible work.

“The technique was developed in the Hakone region of Japan during the Edo period (1600s to 1800s).”

[via Core77]


  1. That is really spectacular. All of those segments are end grain of the wood, so planing them off into the sheet of “skin” must require a very sharp blade and, as you can see in the video, a lot of strength. Thanks

    1. I agree Steve, that’s the part of the process that floored me. I did not see it coming. I figured he was going to make a box out of cut pieces of that glued together block, not shavings to act as a skin. Amazing.

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