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Hida is blessed with a rich variety of broad-leafed trees, delicious water, mountains, a beautiful townscape and traditional ‘kumiki’ joinery technology – all combining for a ‘monozukuri’ spirit that runs deep in the region. At Hidakuma we aim to up-cycle these resources into a form of regional value through utilizing digital fabrication, IT, and technology.
Through the collaboration of city-based designers and creators with wood artisans based in Hida Hidakuma utilizes Hida’s broad-leafed trees and ‘kumiki’ joinery techniques to develop functional products that have never been seen before. Boundary crossing collaboration fosters experimental prototyping, iterative improvement, product development and finally release into the marketplace.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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.