Take the opportunity to explore the possibilities that wood offers.
Coniferous trees such as Japanese cedar and hinoki cypress are common construction materials. But there are many hundreds of thousands of types of broad-leafed trees, each with their own rich personality – walnut, chestnut, cherry, oak, maple, Japanese ash, beech. Bring out the unique characteristics of the species to match your intended use – Chestnut wood, for example, is highly water resistant and durable making it perfect for house foundations and railway sleepers. The clear grain of the chestnut tree is also used for countertops in wet areas. Through the choice of processing and finishing methods and combinations of various materials, the number of variations you can produce is unlimited – make tabletops or shelves with solid natural wood or laminated wood. Choose your species of tree, consider the finishing or painting methods, and think about the grade and thickness of the wood during your design process. The choice of metal fittings and resins can have a big effect on how your work looks and feels. Create a material unique to you as an architect. Develop an original expression through your components and materials. At Hidakuma we specialize in helping you bring wood (in particular broad-leaved varieties) to life.
Playing with Wood
Ten minutes walk away is the Nishino Lumber Yard, boasting a huge selection of materials. Inspect, touch and select your material from many tens of types of wood. We are not talking about 10cm samples – take this chance to come into contact with pieces of wood several meters long in your search for your perfect material.
Trial and Error with Wood
First of all, try out your ideas. Use multiple materials in a composite construction or make furniture or building prototypes using digital fabrication technologies. From miniatures using a 3D printer through to full-scale prototypes – Stay for a day or more in an environment where you can concentrate on creating your samples and prototypes.
From small lots through to large scale purchases for architectural construction – we can help with your procurement needs. Full service, from procurement and shipping to processing and quality management.
‘Kumiki’ Joinery and Wood Bending Workshops
How about using ‘kumiki’ joinery or wood bending techniques in your own original designs? ‘Kumiki’ joinery and wood bending technologies are founded in the deep wisdom of everyday life and have evolved and developed over the long history of Hida. How can we utilize and integrate this into our contemporary lives? Take this chance to create something that surprises and delights through its novelty and design qualities.
Please Come Visit Us
We invite you to enjoy the natural environment of Hida and take pleasure in the depth of the material of wood. Stay not just one, but several days, or even several weeks to soak in the atmosphere. Delicious food and Japanese sake, a comfy and spacious100 year old building, a variety of craft machines, and the support of the Hidakuma and FabCafe staff – all waiting for you here.