Video of a Japanese Woodworker Creating Kokeshi Dolls

It’s really relaxing to see someone who is good at what they do, and just watch them work. I forget how I first came across this but it’s a short video of a Japanese woodworker, creating Kokeshi (a Japanese doll made of wood). But I bookmarked it, forgot about it… and then promptly came across it again the other day.

Watching this, I got a similar sensation of awe as I did when watching Michelle Erickson working with clay. With skilled creators, their movements seem almost like dance-like. I imagine them performing the same motions, again and again, year after year.

Even though I’m not necessarily going to be purchasing one of these dolls, I find the whole process incredibly soothing to watch. It’s a short video, so I’d encourage you check it out – even if especially if you’re in the midst of a busy day at work.

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