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Exotic Wood used in Japanese Zougan Marquetry

The mountains surrounding the town of Hakone in the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan hold an amazing collection of exotic trees, many of which have been used in the art of Zougan. (wood marquetry and inlay)  Below are samples of some of the wood from those trees. As you can see, there is no need for dyes or stains to make the beautiful colors and patterns in our Japanese Puzzle Boxes. A Yosegi patterned box could use over a dozen different species of wood.

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Berry Berunia Black Cherry Black Walnut Camphor
Cherry Chinese Hou Chinese Privet Enju Hinoki
Ilex Macropoda Japanese Cedar Japanese Cucumber Tree Japanese Hou Japanese Maple
Japanese Plum Japanese Tan Bark Oak Jindai Kanarium Karin
Katsura Katsura Jindai Light Kiyaki Dark Kiyaki Kiyaki Jinda

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