Tsugi is a joinery

Fascinated by Japanese wooden joints and the precision in working with them Tsugi's woodworks exist entirely out of solid wood joint together. These connections in wood slide in and out of each other without being fixed by glue. In this manner both the one element as the whole keep their value, same as we ourselves are able to tightly connect with another human being while staying in touch with our own identity and truth.

Tsugi comes from the Japanese and is short for tsugite, which stands for connection or joint.
More specifically, a joint connecting two pieces of wood along their length. The Kanawa tsugi is Daan's favourite one - see below. Tsugi also translates as next, which refers to the next phase in the cycle, a new purpose for the wood, having started out as a tree, and the idea of artisan skills being handed down through the generations.


Daan Simons

After a career in theatre as a maker and performer Daan now crafts furniture out of native solid wood under the name Tsugi. His clean, contemporary designs draw their inspiration from ancient Japanese and European wood joining techniques. Tables put together like a shinto temple – using no screws or glue. An ancient puzzle which venerates trees.

These handmade furniture pieces, with their sophisticated wooden joints, are sensual to the touch and inspire us to reflect upon life and relationships. Sleek, contemporary design exudes tranquillity and craftsmanship.

The various wood joints are a feast for the eyes, put together in such away that they can move freely with the seasons - as wood contracts in winter and expands in summer. They can be seen as metaphors for the ideal relationship - supporting themselves, each other and the whole: all bound together in freedom.

from The art of Japanese Joinery by Kiyosi Seike

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