Takeji Nakagawa is an artist and crafstman who creates stunning works of art using the traditional handicraft process known as yosegi-mokuzougan (joined wooden block construction). Four types of wood (keyaki, teak, walnut, and white ash) are cut to size, slotted together, glued, and lathed. His subjects sometimes include robots, which represent the future to him.
The resulting sculptures have a smooth surface and simple, flowing lines that reveal the natural beauty of each material’s distinct color and texture. Each exquisitely detailed piece is hand-made, sold only at exhibitions and galleries with prices between $1000 ~ $6000. These aren’t toys – they’re art – priced to reflect their quality, rarity, and uniqueness.
Mr. Nakagawa also creates wooden block toys and animals for children, which he sells on his website. You can view examples of his work and process through his official site and blog, some of which is in English, in which he talks about his work and inspirations. I highly recommend you check it out.