Amazing Japanese Hakone marquetry is mesmerizing
October 28, 2016 | 1:26 pm CDT

Japan's ancient art of Hakone marquetry is used to provide intricate decorations on wooden boxes and other items. Woodworkers painstakingly cut pieces of different wood species and glue them together to form geometric shapes and patterns. Using only hand tools, they slice off thin sheets from the blocks to be applied like regular veneer to other woodwork projects. This poetic video shows master craftsmen Tanegi and Taneita Zukuri in action making this beautiful marquetry.


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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.