Working from a furniture maker’s workshop in Huddersfield and surrounded by the natural world, Yukihiro Akama creates beautifully intricate miniature wooden houses, each one carved from a single piece of wood.

Originally from Japan, Akama worked as an architect and built a traditional timber and mud store house using his mother’s gardening tools. Each work he creates reflects his memories of this intimate process, representing home, loss, identity and love.

He begins with a hand-drawn sketch on an offcut of oak, walnut, sapele, iroko or maple. The wood often dictates the starting point for the design, with the knots guiding where Akama cuts and carves. Gradually they take on the appearance of traditional Asian stilt houses – low and long, with large roofs and intricate details of clay render and pebbles decorating the surfaces. Akama uses traditional Japanese tools, creating rough surfaces to sit against smooth, finishing areas with a blow torch prior to polishing and oiling each piece.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG

01924 832631

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Summer daily, 10am – 6pm

Winter daily, 10am – 5pm

Closed 24 – 25 Dec

Pre-booking a ticket is essential. Please book a ticket and plan your visit in advance at ysp.org.uk/visit

Safety measures are in place across the site, including one-way systems, social distancing measures, and reduced capacity in certain spaces.

YSP will be reopening in stages in line with the government roadmap. Please check ysp.org.uk for full details.

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