Lumber that's too short or too narrow can be hard to sell. Offcuts are usually discarded or end up as woodchips. But Tanaka Ryosuke and Miyachi Yoh use them for furniture. Not big enough for large panels, multiple boards must be glued together, leading to uneven coloring. The answer, to dye the furniture with indigo, transforming each piece into a unified whole. This clever idea and their love of wood itself gives their work an inner beauty that's attracting real interest.
Lumber offcuts that are too short or too narrow to sell.
Woodworker Tanaka Ryosuke turns offcuts into furniture.
Producer Miyachi Yoh (left). The two are furniture making partners.