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Pot Watcher

I had been waiting for Black Friday this year because of this pot from Le Creuset. I was so thrilled to finally buy it! It’s beautiful with silver knob already, but I decided to go with gold knob, which I think will look gorgeous with wooden bowls on kitchen shelf. … Continue reading


Decorative Items: Mushrooms

Mushrooms are easy, quick, also fun to turn especially with interesting figures… like the dark ones in the center of the photo. They are Liquid Amber. I’m bringing these mushrooms to Handmade: Maker’s Market @ The Ecology Center.


Handmade: Maker’s Market

Join me and 30+ makers The Ecology Center ‘s Handmade: Maker’s Market on November 14th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in celebration of well-crafted goods and the people who make them. I will be bringing bowls, bottle stoppers, decorative items, and etc.! The festival is free and open to … Continue reading



Easy farmhouse-looking shelf I made in one afternoon with help of my son. I scored this African man made of Ebony at Narita Airport. And this is a camera my father used to use when he was young, and now it’s mine.


4-Year House Anniversary

It’s been four years since we bought this house and moved in. I still remember about those first days like yesterday. We fixed a lot of things in the house, and it’s amazing how we’re still not done fixing today But I love this house more and more every year.


Apricot Live-Edge Planter Stand

I turned legs and put them on the bottom of this pretty Apricot offcut to make this tiny desktop “Live-Edge table”. Perfect as a planter stand, but the burl surface is too pretty to cover up with a planter.


Wooden Pears!

I love wooden pears… These ones are made of Spalted Sycamore. Stems are Walnut and handcarved. I had these pears sitting in my shop for months, and finally managed to add the stems. They are available at my etsy shop. I have larger ones coming up soon too.


Jam Knives

My parents requested a jam knife to replace their old one made of bamboo. New ones are made of Birdseye Maple. I probably keep the other one for our kitchen. I traced the shape from the old one, but made the handle a little bit longer and also round instead … Continue reading


Japanese Magazine, “Dopa!”

Here’s another column I wrote for the Japanese magazine called “Dopa!” I mentioned about the first one here. For this one, I interviewed my favorite woodworker, Kylle Sebree.


Dust Brushes

These dust brushes made of Maple and natural hog bristles turned out pretty nice. Long one is listed here and short ones are here. I also made two standing dust brushes made of Walnut, but I sold them at the craft fair two weeks ago. I wish I had taken … Continue reading


Renegade Craft Fair in LA

I had my first craft fair almost two weeks ago. I didn’t know what to expect, but at the end, I think I prepared pretty good. And it was so much fun! Definitely something I want to do again soon! The above picture is a collection of Natural-Edge Olive Bowls … Continue reading


Small Primavera Salt Cellar

Another salt cellar made of Primavera with Walnut lid. This one is a lot smaller than Lacewood Salt Cellars I posted earlier, but sometimes that’s all we need. It’s now listed in my etsy shop.


Family of Liquidamber Bowls

Here’s another Liquidamber bowl; small one this time! It’s listed in my etsy shop. I’m almost out of Liquidamber (is it Liquid Amber or Liquidamber?). I didn’t think I end up liking this wood this much until I turned the first one. I like how the natural edge looks, but … Continue reading


Olive Box with Walnut Lid

2 1/2″ Olive box with Walnut Lid. It’s small! Perfect for keeping salt. I’m trying to prepare/build up my stock for Renegade Craft Fair so I’m not sure if I’m listing this to my etsy shop…


Japanese Magazine, Dopa!

I’m writing Woodworking/DIY related columns for a Japanese magazine called “Dopa!” for one year starting this month. In this issue, I’m talking about the college I’ve learned Woodworking. My parents used to subscribe educational magazines from the same publisher for me and my sister when we were in elementary school. … Continue reading


Roses 2015 Spring

Roses in front of our house have been so beautiful this year. I am excited to go outside every morning to see them. Handmade trellis was distracting so we ended up buying a metal trellis for Wild Fire roses. These are Black Magic roses. I cut one at a time … Continue reading


Stool with Danish Cord Seat

It’s my first attempt in making/weaving a stool with Danish cord seat. I researched, gave myself enough time to think about the process, and thought I prepared good, but just like everything else, I learned so much from letting my hands do the work. I still like to “prepare” things. … Continue reading


Cherry Wood Spoon

I started with this spoon and some more last year, then got busy turning bowls and other things, but I finally finished it. It’s available in my etsy shop. And more spoons to come!



Found out the name of this orange roses. It’s “Wildfire”. While Wildfire seems to have reached its peak, the rose bush right next to it, “Black Magic”, is busy making buds. Two are already blooming! Checking these roses has become my morning routine this spring, and I’m loving it.


Rustic Walnut Bowl with Tiny Foot

Rustic Walnut Bowl with Tiny Foot is available in my etsy shop. The picture below was taken fresh off the lathe (and posted it in my Instagram account here). I enjoy witnessing what oil can do to wood.


Apricot Burl Bowl

Burl and all the bug holes! I was a bit scared, but had fun turning this bowl. This decorative bowl is available in my etsy shop!


Rough Turned Avocado Bowls

This batch of Avocado bowls are black! I’m trying something new this time; leaving natural edge on the side of the bowls. But what I picture them in my head only happens if they dry nicely. I’ll see. These colors of the shavings remind me of vegi chips.


DIY Concrete Steps

I am very excited about finishing the concrete steps to the garden gate. And we probably won’t try to mess with concrete again. It’s the hardest thing. Hopefully ground-cover plants will cover the ugly edges of these steps by next Spring. …It looks like I did a little bit better … Continue reading


Vintage Kilim Rug as Tapestry

Hung this vintage kilim rug on the wall as a tapestry. Kanji calliography (by my mom) and Japanese art used to be on the wall above, now found home right next to the sconce light.

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