Koji Tanaka's Organic Sculpture

Koji Tanaka's Organic Sculpture

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Photo: Koji Tanaka

Koji Tanaka's wooden sculptural pieces are subtle, yet eye-catching, and they beg to be touched ("My pieces are as much a visual experience as they are a tactile one," he says). I love the smooth lines and organic shapes paired with the inherent beauty of wood. Tanaka is a relative newcomer to the fine craft world, though he's been honing his craft for years, most recently as an apprentice to master woodworker Victor DiNovi. In 2011, Tanaka applied to the Smithsonian Craft Show for the first time, was accepted, and came away as an Excellence in Wood Award winner.

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