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A Closer Look at Yosegi Zaiku

Yosegi Zaiku, is an intricate mosaic marquetry process that is made into a beautiful veneer. This veneer is used to decorate everything from chopsticks and serving trays to the amazing Himitsu Bako (Japanese Puzzle Boxes). Various woods of different colors are harvested, dried, and shaved or cut into different shapes that are then combined to make the basic patterns. These patterns are then arranged to make sheets that are shaved into the veneer.

Tree Species by Color

Color Species
White Spindle Tree, Ilex Macropoda
Black Aged Katsura
Yellow Sumac, Mulberry
Brown Camphor, Maackia
Purple American Walnut
Blue Japanese Cucumber Tree
Red Chinese Cedar

> Click Here for complete list of wood used along with pictures <


Samples of Finished Yosegi Sheets



Samples of the Individual Patterns used to make the full sheets


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