I am a Walnut Tea Case. I’m multi-faceted and full of surprises. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, out comes another layer.
I’ve never seen a tea case quite as well crafted as this piece by master wood artisan, Norio Tanno. Whenever I’m in Hokkaido, I make it a point to meet with him, just to get a dose of inspiration for our own wood designs. Seeing him pass down his skills to his son Masakage Tanno, makes me want to do an apprenticeship with him! This Tea Case is one of his masterpieces in my opinion. It is full of beautiful surprises and a delight to handle. Incredibly intricate, the case has multiple components that are all handcrafted in solid wood with wood joinery techniques. An exterior case houses an interior canister that perfectly slides together. A foldable tea scoop sits securely on top of a small knob on the lid of the interior canister. All the pieces have their place.
Walnut Tea Case was curated by Stevenson Aung
Maker: Norio Masakage
Designer: Norio Masakage
Dimensions: 3.9” (w) x 3.9” (l) x 3.9” (h) or 9.8cm (w) x 9.8cm (l) x 10mm (h)
Weight: 7.5 oz or 213 g
Materials: Walnut, Maple, Padouk, Ebony
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