2015 Blog Posts

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Hole HageSenter

12th December 2015 : If you're pottering around Oslo, do drop in on our friends and official Niwaki dealer Hole Hagesenter. Their showroom is in the city, but they live out on the fjords, designing and building stunning Japanese gardens, whilst slowly developing a healthy obsession with sharp, shiny stuff from Japan… Read More

Hole Hagesenter - the fjords.

Crimson Guitars

3rd November 2015 : Visitors to the Yandels woodworking shows might have spotted his decorated head bobbing around the trade stands, but we got to meet him properly the other day, and now you can too: behold, Ben, from Crimson Guitars. Based near us in Dorset, Crimson Guitars make custom guitars, as well as supplying… Read More

Ben @ Crimson Guitars

5ftInf and Beyond

16th September 2015 : Some time ago we came across artist Philippa Stanton, aka 5ftinf, on Instagram, and along with half the universe started following her. Eventually we plucked up enough courage to ask her if she would work with us, and luckily, she agreed! You'll see her work popping up on a few product pages, and… Read More

Irojiten Colour Pencils

Visiting Masashi Kobo

11th August 2015 : It's always a treat to visit Masashi's workshop in Sanjo - this time round he demonstrated handle fitting and engraving, and we discussed various knifey matters, as well as quaffing vast amounts of mugicha (cold barley tea). He's working on a new set of professional Japanese chef's knives for us -… Read More

Masashi

Japan Calling

26th July 2015 : We're in Japan! Follow NiwakiJake on Instagram for all the latest, but here's a taster of what's going on. It's hot. very hot. This weekend we went along to the monthly meeting at Tenri, and found a swimming pool - surrounded by pine trees! Next door was the kindergarten, with nicely thinned… Read More

tenri pool

Shapton Stones

2nd July 2015 : Our shelves are bulging, quite literally, with a fresh supply of Shapton Glass Series stones. We now cover the full range of Glass Series stones, from #320 the whole way up to a slightly ludicrous #30,000, as well as sets, diamond lapping plates, ponds and holders and a wide range of the classic… Read More

Shapton Stones

Arctic Char Sashimi

27th June 2015 : It's all going on in Dorset. Really. Teruko Chagrin prepared Arctic Char from Houghton Springs Fishery, using Yanagiba knives from Niwaki and fresh - yes fresh - wasabi from The Wasabi Company. All served on plates from potter Yo Thom. What's more, the char was prepared using the Japanese ikejime… Read More

Arctic Char Sashimi

Back From Grow

25th June 2015 : Last week saw a return to the show circuit for Niwaki, after a lengthy absence. We were up in Hampstead at the GROW show, peddling our wares. Although it was a success, and we were proudly showing off our new display stands, all the old reasons for disliking shows came flooding back. Especially… Read More

Back From Grow

It's Official

24th May 2015 : It's official - box clipping season is now open! Read More

It's Official

Box Clipping Workshop

6th May 2015 : Don't miss our Box Clipping Workshop on 2nd June at Harvard Farm: it's a sleeves-up, hands-on, nitty gritty sort of thing, and by the end you'll clip like a wizard.  Read More

Box Clipping Workshop

Back at Glebe Cottage

21st March 2015 : I was back at Carol Klein's garden at Glebe Cottage, to have another go at the box hedge. I last visited in 2011, and not a lot had happened to it since, although the roughing out had defined the simple shape. It was a glorious day, for a change. Before... and after.   Read More

cloudy box

Greenwood Leather Crafts

12th February 2015 : You may have noticed the rather snazzy leather holsters we've been touting recently - and the miracle that is the Niwaki Trug. Well, Rob Exton at Greenwood Leather, the man responsible for said loveliness, also offers his skills in the form of Leatherwork Courses and private commissions. Peruse… Read More

Greenwood Leather Crafts

British Best Gardens

21st January 2015 : Yes, that was a Niwaki Tripod Ladder, and a pair of Okatsune Shears, AND Wakasaya Topiary Clippers that Charlotte Molesworth was using last night on ITV's British Best Gardens... images taken from https://www.itv.com/itvplayer/britain-s-best-gardens/series-1/episode-1 Read More

British Best Gardens

Ryoan-ji

19th January 2015 : I can't look at views like this without thinking about Ryoan-ji, in Kyoto. And I can't think about Ryoan-ji without thinking of this little collage... Read More

Ryoan-ji

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