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Hegi is a method of making wooden shingles that has been used in Japan since ancient times. It involves cutting logs into planks with a machete instead of a machine. Nowadays, it is common to use a woodworking machine such as a bandsaw or planer to flatten the surface of wood. Although Hegi is an analogue method of splitting wood with a machete, along the fibers to make boards, it allows the wood to be made into thin sheets that retain the uneven feel of the wooden surface. In addition, it prevents the wood from bending or warping, often caused by using machines. Currently this method is still used when making traditional wooden structures like roofs and shrine walls.


Inspired by the Japanese technique of Hegi and its ability to preserve the uneven feel of the wooden surface, I have applied it to modern technologies to search for a new form of expression in furniture design. PARI PARI is an onomatopoeic Japanese word that refers to the sound of a thin plate breaking, similar to ice. Thin sheets of coloured wood are laminated and glued together in layers, similar to plywood. The surface layers are then peeled off before the glue hardens, creating a random pattern resembling the bark of a tree. Normally plywood is manufactured in a calculated and precise manner using specialized machines. By incorporating irregular and uncontrollable hand-work into the process, you can create unique and natural patterns.


When we create something we usually move our hands with a vague idea of the finished product in our minds. By adding a process that cannot be controlled by the human hand, as if to betray our creativity. We can touch a part of the beauty that is sometimes brought about by chance, as in the natural landscape.



PARI PARIとは、薄く張った氷のような薄い板状のものが割れる時の音を指す、日本特有の擬音語です。



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