CREATING NEW VALUES
FOR THE HIDA FOREST
What induces a deep breath when stepping into a forest?
Why do we feel dignified beauty from Japanese-style houses?
Forests are not just a source of “timber”.
Due to short-term economic decisions, many forests are left unmanaged.
Now is the time to reconsider the value of forests from a 100-year-term viewpoint.
A challenge for Hidakuma is to create a new value for forests in Hida.
SERVICE OUR VISION AND WHAT WE PROVIDE
Architects and designers visiting
with Kumiki technique
New products created
Connect with the world
PRODUCTS WHAT WE MADE & MATERIALS WE HAVE
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Kalopanax of the family Araliaceae with ring-porous wood. The name “hari-giri” (hari meaning needle and giri / kiri meaning Empress tree) comes from its thick spiny branches. The wood is soft and light, and can be easily processed.
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Prunus of the family Rosaceae with diffuse-porous wood. Durable and easy to process, it is an excellent wood with the outstanding elegance of delicate texture.
japanese horse chestnut
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Aesculus of the family Hippocastanaceae with diffuse-porous wood. Its beautiful gloss and ripple marks are unique and popular.
Japanese cherry birch
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Betula of the family Betulaceae with diffuse-porous wood. The name “mizume” (mizu meaning water) comes from the watery, oily sap that seeps from the tree when the bark is damaged. Its virtues include fine wood grain and durability.
Table legs with traditional joinery
Using broadleaf trees from Hida, including beech, oak, and cherry wood, the table legs are made by using the traditional kumiki technique of Hida. They can be easily stored in a compact form.
World-traveling event display fixture
Display fixture for exhibitions made of chestnut trees in Hida, utilizing kumiki (traditional joinery) technique. The fixture can be disassembled into a compact form and easily carried.
Hida’s walnut spherical speaker
A speaker using walnut wood, which has a beautiful color and wood grain amongst the broad leaf trees of Hida. It produces high quality sound created by the wood and spherical design.
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Fraxinus of the family Oleaceae with ring-porous wood. The relatively heavy wood is yet easily cut and processed, and used as materials for furniture, decorations, daily equipment, and plywood.
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Zelkova of the family Ulmaceae with ring‐porous wood. Due to its decay durability and beautiful wood grain, the wood has been traditionally used in a wide variety of areas including buildings, furniture, fixtures, and finish carpentry.
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Quercus of the family Fagaceae with ring-porous wood. The dense and heavy wood has a higher moisture content and larger shrinkage ratio, but is commonly used for furniture, and often used for equipment and machines.
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Juglans of the family Juglandaceae with diffuse-porous wood. The wood, having straight grain, is not too hard nor too soft, easily processed, and relatively lightweight. It is also less likely to warp and crack, or buckle
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Acer of the family Aceraceae with diffuse-porous wood. The strong, hard, and viscoelastic wood has fine and delicate wood grain, and is a useful material for musical instruments. The wood surface is smooth and elegant.
A deciduous broadleaf tree in the genus Castanea of the family Fagaceae with ring‐porous wood. The wood is hard, viscoelastic, water resistant and durable, and less likely to deform and crack. Due to the beautiful, unique wood grain, it is also a popular material for furniture.
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Smart Craft Studio 2017 – Animating Craft
We have opened the application for this year’s Smart Craft Studio in Hida, Japan! Students who are eligible and interested in this once-life-time experience, please start preparing to apply! The application c...