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Walnut Wood Low and Wide Tray Dish
Walnut Wood Low and Wide Tray Dish
Walnut Wood Low and Wide Tray Dish
Walnut Wood Low and Wide Tray Dish
Walnut Wood Low and Wide Tray Dish
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Walnut Wood Low and Wide Tray Dish

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Artist: Kim Min Wook
Walnut
Dimensions: 15.25W x 15.25L x3H

Walnut has long been the gold standard in woodwork with its beautiful grain, and sturdy yet flexible profile. In 1290, a man named Yu Cheong-sin introduced the walnut to Korea after he acquired a seedling on a trip to China, and planted one at Gwangdeok Temple and another at his home in Cheonan. It is this seedling that is credited for Cheonan’s famous walnut industry where nearly half of Korea’s walnuts are grown. Traditionally, walnuts and other nuts are eaten to ward off disease during a full moon. The flame-like grain is highlighted in this low and wide dish, where the artist preserved the natural speckling and spotting as a centerpiece and filled even the thinnest hairline cracks with aluminum, the artist’s signature. 1 of 1.

Care: Dust when needed. This piece has intentional color variations and cracks. Please lift from below.


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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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