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Korean Chestnut Ebony Trays
Korean Chestnut Ebony Trays
Korean Chestnut Ebony Trays
Korean Chestnut Ebony Trays
Korean Chestnut Ebony Trays
Korean Chestnut Ebony Trays
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Korean Chestnut Ebony Trays

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Artist: Kim Min Wook
Korean Chestnut Wood
Dimensions: 12W x 2H

Turned Korean Chestnut Wood Trays are dyed with Eco-friendly dye and finished with oil and wax. These trays are a meditation on trees and their endless, selfless gifts. We recommend using our trays with something equally meditative – perhaps a tea ceremony or time shared with loved ones. Kim Min Wook values meditation and in fact, he moved to his hometown of Busan on the southernmost point of Korea to be near the ocean, the birds, and of course the trees. The outcome of his meditation are these usable art-pieces, and we hope you feel the artist's meditative energy when you use them. Chestnuts are a staple food in Korea, and in the wintertime, the most ambitious street food is a piping hot bag of steamed chestnuts. 


Each of these trays are slightly different and each have their own characteristics and charms. While one may have a natural chip the artist left on the lip, another has a crack he has filled with aluminum and closed with copper staples. Please note if you have a specific tray in mind to email info@namuhomegoods.com and we will do our best to accommodate you.
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"The final product is beautiful, but the process is sweat and work and ultimately, an incredibly amount of effort."

Kim Min Wook has always had a fascination with making things beautiful, and feels that it’s in his DNA. The artist gravitated towards woodworking and has always had an affinity for trees. They are the longest living and tallest living thing on the planet, afterall. While some people like the feel dirt in their hands, and other’s like water, Kim liked the feel of wood. After taking a woodworking class with 20 other students, Kim was only one of only three students to become a woodworker. It was in this class he realized he was different. While most people think about how they can transform wood to make something for themselves, Kim always tried to revive the innate beauty of the tree. Kim says, “Even if my talent is lacking, wood is so beautiful it makes up for where I lack. It fixes me in places, and compensates for my shortcomings. I follow where the wood takes me, I leave my own ambition at the door.” Kim Min Wook’s works are extraordinarily light in comparison to the huge log that he starts with and oftentimes, a block of wood can go from 80 pounds to 1 pound (he works with his father to carry these large pieces of lumber). Stripping away that much wood takes an enormous amount of work. The final product is beautiful, but the process is sweat and work and ultimately, in incredibly amount of effort.

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