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Uniquebana Containers

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Dennis says: Recently, I found out that my mom was an Ikebana master. Ikebana is the Japanese fine art of flower arranging. I wanted to combine my woodworking skills with my heritage, so I came up with "Uniquebana", custom Ikebana containers. Each piece is hand carved from American or International exotic hardwoods. I often incorporate the "live edge" on the piece. Each one is then coated with a tung oil finish and sprayed with an earth-friendly, clear, water based lacquer. Then, I polish the lacquer to a glass-like finish. (You know, the type when you run your fingers over it, chills go down your spine.)

A metal or ceramic water container is countersunk into the piece then a "kinsen" or flower pin frog is placed into the container. These pins hold up the plant life, as each angle and position has significant spiritual meaning in formal Ikebana.
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Dennis Kugizaki
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Woodworking Design Contest
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Emily, UncommonGoods

February 12, 2014 03:53:21 PM

Dennis' design was inspired from his Japanese heritage, creating these unique containers. Where would you place these in your home?

peggy
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February 12, 2014 11:19:40 PM

I bought one of Dennis' Ikebana art items. And then I needed to buy/recommend them to others. Dennis has done artistry woodworking in my home and the compliments from others are always there. He is an artist with a very precise sense of balance and color.

Rodney
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February 12, 2014 11:25:55 PM

Great

Lee
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February 13, 2014 12:02:00 AM

All of Dennis' varied designs are extremely creative and perfectly executed, and he often uses a combination of exotic wood in his projects. Dennis is a true master of his craft.

Tosh
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February 13, 2014 01:53:06 AM

We have one of these

dirk
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February 13, 2014 04:04:52 AM

Dennis is a master craftsman his woodcarvings often speak for themselves

Christy
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February 13, 2014 05:11:44 AM

Dennis has amazing woodworking and crafting talent. His designs are clean and elegant ... beautiful work!

Shane

February 13, 2014 08:11:56 AM

Dennis does a lot of wood work for us and his work is great.

Katherine

February 13, 2014 08:35:27 AM

Great!

Adam
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February 13, 2014 08:41:05 AM

Great item! Looks fantastic in my living room and has been made with the highest level of craftsmanship.

Krysten
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February 13, 2014 09:20:56 AM

This is the centerpiece of my table (which Dennis also crafted by hand)

Linda

February 13, 2014 10:58:34 AM

Lucky me...Dennis gifted one to me for my birthday and it is a true treasure!

Michael

February 13, 2014 11:01:14 AM

These are beautiful Kug.

Roger
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February 13, 2014 11:05:23 AM

Talk about a great way to recycle. Reminds me of Colonial days. Beautiful and well done.

Roger
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February 13, 2014 11:05:23 AM

Talk about a great way to recycle. Reminds me of Colonial days. Beautiful and well done.

john schwab

February 13, 2014 12:06:06 PM

They are both functional and beautiful. Why would you get anything else?

john schwab

February 13, 2014 12:06:06 PM

They are both functional and beautiful. Why would you get anything else?

daryl
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February 13, 2014 12:12:41 PM

I would like to purchase these, I vote for this item. They are so easy to use and I can see them anywhere in my house. I like that the holder for flowers is encased.

peggy

February 13, 2014 12:14:53 PM

If you're lucky enough to work with Dennis on a project, in my case my kitchen cabinets, then you know what an amazing, talented, detail oriented and patient craftsman he is to work with. Whatever he creates is something to cherish!!

peggy

February 13, 2014 12:14:53 PM

If you're lucky enough to work with Dennis on a project, in my case my kitchen cabinets, then you know what an amazing, talented, detail oriented and patient craftsman he is to work with. Whatever he creates is something to cherish!!

Pamela
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February 13, 2014 01:50:07 PM

You should sell these on your website! They're amazing!

Mady

February 13, 2014 02:09:02 PM

so beautiful and the perfect way to naturally showcase your flowers! Dennis is a very talented artist.

Shelly

February 13, 2014 04:27:53 PM

Beautiful artistry and a brilliant way to show off any flower.

cary
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February 13, 2014 05:32:41 PM

With Dennis' attention to detail, each piece is truly a work of art!

Barry
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February 13, 2014 09:40:36 PM

I have seen these pieces in person and they are absolutely beautiful. The artist is very creative and very talented in woodcraft design and sculpturing.

wade

February 13, 2014 09:45:11 PM

Great looking wood, and unique shapes.

Karen
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February 15, 2014 03:55:17 PM

I admire the organic unfolding of these beautiful art pieces. What a lovely way to continue the family heritage.

Erika
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February 15, 2014 04:40:54 PM

Dennis is a very talented artist and deserves to win!

Al
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February 15, 2014 04:50:25 PM

Good luck!

Gina
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February 15, 2014 05:33:38 PM

Beautiful craftsmanship!

Joshua

February 16, 2014 01:46:36 AM

THE best.

Theresa
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February 16, 2014 06:34:36 PM

Nice. I think lots of Ikebana masters and novices would like to work with these.

Leigh
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February 17, 2014 04:36:19 PM

Dennis' designs are among the best and ought to be treated as heirlooms.

leialei
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February 17, 2014 10:29:55 PM

Beautiful work!

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