Now, I have to apologise up front because it’s highly unlikely you’ll be able to buy these AMAZING Take-G wooden toys, but I could just not resist sharing them because they look so good! The Japanese man that makes them only runs a tiny craft shop with his wife and although you can buy other lovely wooden toys he makes, these wooden robots are made mainly with exhibitions in mind. Sad face.
Uniting the past & future
Still, I think you’ll appreciate looking at them, and the sentiment behind them :)
As the creator, Nakagawa, explains:
“I often get asked ‘Why do you make robots with wood?’ I don’t really have an exact answer for it but I often relate my robots with ‘future.’ I don’t think humans can live without trees no matter what advances technology makes. When I think of ‘future,’ I cannot help thinking of ‘past’ at the same time. Trees take a long time (tens and hundreds years) to grow and show us their beauty (the product of their past). I think that I have responsibilities as a craftsman and an artist of breathing new life into these trees. I have a job to link 100 years in the past and 100 years in the future through my work. These are my values toward my work.
Sadly this just makes me want one even more…
For more information in English about Nakagawa’s toys just click here.