Hiroaki Usui Profile
Wood work artisan and artist. Trained in work studios specializing in tea utensils, chodo sashimono (cabinetwork), and joinery. As a representative of Kuroda Kobo in Shiga Prefecture, he is mainly engaged in the restoration of national treasures. At the same time, he makes wooden products, putting all his skills and knowledge as an artisan by using various techniques such as sashimono (joinery), magemono (bentwood), kumiko (latticework) and Gohan (plywood). Under the tutelage of Kiyotsugu Nakagawa, a living national treasure, he acquired the decorative technique of yosegi (parquetry) and that led his career to be a craft artist. Through projects with overseas designers, he widely conveys his subtle craftsmanship.