Okawa fittings artisan
Born in 1936. Joined a woodworking shop after graduating from junior high school as an apprentice, working to acquire technology for fittings. Became independent at the age of 31. As a representative of the company, he put in his best to create innovative and unique fittings taking in traditional Kumiko technology, while he also put effort into fostering young followers.
|2012||Receives Prime Minister Award at the National Fitting Exhibition|
The work winning the award, “Wall kumiko Shokaibashi” is a masterpiece using over 100,000 1mm-thick pieces, which took several years from design to completion.
|2014||Created a door for the Hakata Millennium Gate|
- What kind of products are you making?
- Fittings for construction such as shrines, temples, private homes (kumiko lattice), public buildings
- How did you come to this occupation?
- I entered the field of fittings as an apprentice
- What are you particular about in your work?
- Procuring wood, lumber, sawing, basic technology, design
- What is the good thing about your job?
- Throughout my fifty years in the business, I have been blessed with people and work
- What is your dream?
- To have more Japanese construction making the most of merits of wood.
|Name of company||Sumi Tategu Seisakusho|
|Location||150-2 Onikoga, Okawa-shi, Fukuoka 831-0024|