Knew about Take-G Toys since 2007. Takeji (Take-G) Nakagawa is the artist behind Take-G. He held an exhibition every year, and this is the only chance for collectors to see or purchase his hand crafted wood works. He usually make more for the small pieces, but the large pieces he only make 1 or 2 pieces. His work is not just a normal wood sculpture, but is the traditional Yosegi-Mokuzougan...in Japan the Hakone-Odawara region is famous for this traditional handcraft. Each piece is using different type of wood glue them together first, and then sculpt it to create the different wood tone effect, not a single drop of paint used on each piece.
This year the exhibition was held at his home and studio in Nagano, I'm so happy that I would be able to finally purchased his works and reviewed every piece at the exhibition. The piece that I got it is called "Matoi Douji", it stand about 2 ft. The piece is constructed by about over 7 pieces. There is a little guy and a chicken plane I choose to go with "Matoi Douji". This small piece stand about 6" tall, and it usually make more. But for big piece like "Matoi Douji", it will be just one off piece from the exhibition. Mr. Nakagawa usually make 2 pieces for the big one, he will keep one for future exhibition to show. This is a piece to end the year of 2011 for me. (more images after the jump...)
Yosegi-Mokuzougan, or joined wooden block construction, is craft skills where combinations of original and unique colors and textures of different
kinds of wood are utilized to express artistic patterns.
In Japan, the Hakone-Odawara region is famous for this traditional handicraft.
Products of the Take-g Toy’s have expanded this traditional craft skill,
which usually employs two-dimensional patterns, by using three-dimentional patterns, instead.
Take-g use four different kinds of wood, a keyaki (a Japanese tree of the genus Zelkova),
a teak, a walnut, and a white ash. A typical production process involves:
1) careful choice of the kinds of wood according to parts of a product,
2) gluing larger parts in a vise,
3) fitting smaller parts such as eyes or numbers into corresponding holes,
4) curving assembled parts into the shape of, say, a human, and 5) applying varnish to a product.
The products of the Take-g Toy’s are produced by a unique mixture of the
traditional craft skill, or Yosegi-Mokuzougan, and modern designs
that optimizes original texture of high-quality material.
Recent works by take-g.
More images here.