December, 2011

New Japanese handcrafts at Mjölk

December 11th, 2011

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During our last trip to Japan in September, it was really important that we tracked down 3 artists that I’ve wanted to represent through our store. There were three main mediums we specifically wanted to showcase: wood, glass, and ceramics.

We feel these artisans represent the best of each medium, and we’re honored to be representing them.

This photograph represents all of these materials in use:

Oak tray & cherry wood spoon by Tomii Takashi

Rain glass by Tsuji Kazumi

Ceramic flower dish by Masanobu Ando

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The tray is hand tooled from one solid piece of white oak. The coaster and “rain” glass follow this linear pattern.

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Round chestnut tray by Tomii Takashi, and 3 glasses by Tsuji Kazumi.

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Glass artist Kazumi Tsuji’s pieces are mouth blown and then manipulated based on each specific design. The clear glass series is inspired by weather patterns, representing a clear day, a rainy day, a snowy day, and a starry night. The other “dark” glasses are a experiment in different glass techniques, involving polishing, sand blasting, and cutting. Each glass is big enough to be a drinking glass, or a small yogurt bowl.

Please stop by the store to see all of the new works in person!

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Man Cave

December 6th, 2011

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Yesterday I had a date with our basement. Our apartment walls are paper thin, and with the impending baby arrival I wanted to make a space in the basement that I would feel comfortable playing music in. The mini-reno took me to Home Depot, to buy 80 boards of cedar and a miter saw to clad up this weird little glassed in room. Cedar was ideal because it holds up against the moist basement, looks good, and it smells fantastic.

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Here’s a view of the room under the stairs, I think I might frost the glass so I don’t have to look at the mess in the rest of the basement.

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Time to get to work, the hardest part was deciding whether to install the slats vertical or horizontal. I ended up going horizontal to stay away from the traditional wood paneling look.

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Here’s my new little Ryobi miter saw, only $99 and works perfectly for these little jobs. The only limitation is you can’t cut very wide boards.

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I thought I would tackle the most difficult wall first, and it came out pretty nice.

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For the next wall I just butted up the ends of the boards against each other, nothing fancy.

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The angle under the stairs will be a nice little keyboard nook.

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Here it is with all of the walls finished. I still need to decide on flooring, install the baseboards, and decide whether or not to conquer the ceiling.

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Can’t wait to get it all cleaned up and move all my old gear in!

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