Local Yunosato Desk produces Hokkaido-wood desks and chairs for junior high school

Tashiro (left) and Sasaki, who produced the desks and chairs used in the Rankoshi Junior High School art room. All the materials, apart from the melamine resin on the surface of the desks, are produced in Hokkaido

Forty new pairs of desks and chairs for the art room at Rankoshi Junior High School have been made by Yunosato Desk, a woodworking workshop in the town of Rankoshi in the Shiribeshi region. Each piece was handmade using lumber produced in Hokkaido, with a focus on natural color and texture. The desks and chairs were used in art classes at the beginning of the new school year. The two craftsmen at the workshop hope that the aroma and warmth of the wood from their work will be conveyed to the students.
When the plywood and metal desks and wooden chairs made by a manufacturer from outside the town that were used in the school’s art room became old, the Rankoshi Board of Education last year asked Yunosato Desk to use local products for the students. Company representative Tashiro Shintaro, along with Sasaki Takeshi, spent two months from late January of this year, making the products.

 The desktops are made of stable Hokkaido birch plywood, and the table legs, shelves and chairs are made of brightly colored Hokkaido ash. “We did not color the ash wood, but rather emphasized the color of the material itself. The grain of the wood varies, and no two pieces are alike,” says Sasaki.

 Yunosato Desk was established in 2002, utilizing the former Yunosato Elementary School building. “I named the workshop while being conscious of the story of how a wooden desk was born from a closed elementary school. I am happy to be able to do the work that is the long-cherished wish of the company, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its founding,” said an emotional Tashiro.

 The new desks and chairs have been in use in classes since the new term began on April 6. School principal Kume is grateful, saying, “This is an initiative of the ‘local production for local consumption’ of lumber, and it will help the students develop an attachment to Rankoshi.”


Yunosato Desk