Miya Shoji uses wood from Japan, the northeastern U.S., and elsewhere. The best wood comes from the center of the forest and is cut the same way that the wood grows. The harvested wood is allowed to dry and “find its shape” for ten years before being turned into the unique furniture available from the store, and that aging adds to the furniture’s non-mass-produced look.
Slabs of wood – keyaki, ash, maple, walnut, cherry, chestnut, elm, and more – are shown to customers for their approval before work on a piece begins, since nature’s contribution to the project is as important as our own. The finished item is normally ready within a month.
Miya Shoji is rooted in tradition but always innovating , its specialist carpenters creating pieces of timeless beauty that fit seamlessly into the modern world. The pieces are made with hand-forged, precision tools of traditional Japanese design – including one-hand pull saws and chisels – for the creation of precise shapes. Almost all the pieces are composed of interlocking wood with hand-crafted joints, with few bolts and screws, enhancing the organic feel.