Pay a visit to Kumiko Ranma, a traditional woodworking studio, and receive an overview of this mesmerizing art by the company’s president.
In Japan, the most refined woodworking techniques are famous for not using any nails: all wooden components are beautifully assembled through geometrical patterns so that the wooden structure becomes incredibly strong without the need for any nails nor joints.
This surprising technique can be used for furniture up until large wooden buildings and has been passed down through generations of craftsmen since the Asuka period, more than 1,500 years ago.
What makes Kumiko Ranma particularly special is their choice to make sure this ancient craft has a place even in the contemporary world, as even in Japan wooden products and buildings using this ancient technique are declining in number.
Bringing its tradition to a new level, the company started offering their woodwork style to major design and IT brands around the world, receiving appreciation and starting a collaboration with companies such as Apple, Starbucks, Hermes and the Ritz Carlton hotels.
Take a woodwork workshop to try your hand at this intricate ancient tradition.