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Small Oiled Zelkova Bowl
Small Oiled Zelkova Bowl
Small Oiled Zelkova Bowl
Small Oiled Zelkova Bowl
Small Oiled Zelkova Bowl
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Small Oiled Zelkova Bowl

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Kim Min Wook
Korean Zelkova
Dimensions: 8W x 3H

In Japan, Zelkova is considered a premium wood, much like Hinkoi – it’s revered for its strength and beautiful grain. Many Japanese temples are made from Zelkova. The wood is naturally a reddish, orange hue, and artist Kim Min Wook has carefully oiled his bowl to highlight the natural hue, making it look primed for a California beach house. Hyper thin and hyper lightweight, it takes an immense amount of skill for wood to be made so thin. Kim Min Wook was recently a LOEWE Craft Prize nominee. 1 of 1.

Care: Not for wet foods. Dust or wipe with a barely damp cloth when needed.
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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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