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Raw Unfinished Korean Birch Plate
Raw Unfinished Korean Birch Plate
Raw Unfinished Korean Birch Plate
Raw Unfinished Korean Birch Plate
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Raw Unfinished Korean Birch Plate

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Kim Min Wook
Korean Birch
Dimensions: 14 L x 12.5 W x 2.75 H

The light, bright color on the Korean Birch Raw Unfinished plate and the wavy edges encompasses the philosophy of the artist – the principles the artist follows include modesty, the appreciation of the forces of nature, simplicity, and beauty in roughness. There is an inexplainable beauty in the simplicity and intentionality of the way the artist has highlighted the grain, keeping two naturally occurring gradation of color on the edges. The wavy edges are due to a technique of drenching the wood and letting it dry with clamps – an enormous amount of effort for a simple design. Korean Birch is an ideal wood – it is hard and naturally resistant to moisture and viruses. An heirloom to be passed down for generations. 1 of 1.

The product(s) you receive might vary slightly from the product picture due to the nature of your product(s) being 100% handmade. Any item you purchase is one of a kind. There are no two items that are exactly the same.

Care: Dust when needed. This piece has intentional color variations and cracks. Extremely fragile, please lift from below.

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The final product is beautiful, but the process is sweat and work and ultimately, in 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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