Feb 4, 2021: Kai was unfortunately injured at the woodshop and will need to take some time off his favorite wood work! We will continue to feature his story and craft works but they will not be available for order. We wish him get well soon, sad for us who like his work, but nothing is more important than having good health!
Kai started crafting chopticks by hands over a dacade ago. He choose wood that is is soft to touch, and gives off a natural fragrance. Kai stresses that he never like to add additional finish or stain to wood, in order to respect the material in its original state.
The chopstick case was designed by Kai, expressing his technique and passion as a Daiku (carpenter). It has a special hinge that swing open like a fan. Kai called it "ka-na-me", inspired by the pivot hinge of a folded paper fan. He also like to experiment with different wood in-lay to create interesting detailing. At the top of the chopsticks, there are cross-shape in-laid.
Kai's handcrafted chopsticks are made-to-order. It takes 8 working days to produce. We also offer special "name calligraphy" on the case, we can translate any Western language into Japanese characters. This would make a very unique gift for your special occasion (anniversary, wedding, celebration, New Year... etc. ). So plan ahead and order early!
Cypress Chopsticks Handmade by Kai
Dragon Juniper（type of Cypress, evergreen)
Wood Case 260mm x 35mm x 12mm (11" x 1.38" x 0.48")
Chopsticks length: 230 cm (9")