Mokulock Wooden Building Bricks
Mokulock is a company founded in Yamagata, Japan which produces beautiful wooden interlocking building blocks. Every Mokulock block is individual and unique to one another as each block is made from a solid piece of wood and so each has its own unique woodgrain pattern.
The unchanging lifestyle of co-existing with nature nearby and depending on resources produced through cultivating the forest is still rooted in everyday life for many in Japan. This concept is also true for the Mokulock building blocks. Since trees cannot thrive when they grow so close together in the mountains, some trees in Yamagata are carefully cut down in winter using the snow as a cushion. These trees cut down for forest thinning as well as ones unsuited for architecture or furniture uses are made into the very Mokulock wooden building blocks you find in each set.
Wooden blocks filled with natural charm
Mokulock is made from pure wood with many known benefits such as being warm to the touch, have a comforting aroma and is naturally beautiful in colour and texture. Wood is believed in Japan to have a comforting effect similar to bathing in the forest by stabilizing the autonomic nerves by lowering the blood pressure, regulating an abnormal pulse and calming the nerves. A solid block of wood also inspires creativity in every man, woman or child and so by turning this solid block of wood into small building blocks which can be put together to create something great gives one a sense of accomplishment by creating something out of seemingly nothing.
Mokulock is simply carved out from a solid piece of wood. No surface finishing oil, chemical, paint or glue is used. Moreover, Mokulock safeness has been proved by qualifications of various safety standard examinations.
The bright color of birch expresses the nostalgia of trees in people’s lives, evoking a feeling of calmness. The surface of this wood fits in hands as if it had been used for years. Its scent is softly encompassing as one feels in the forest.
Hornbeam displays different faces from different angles, expressing wonders and pleasures in its grain as if it is a uniquely evolved animal. The surface of this wood is sleek contrary to its appearance. Its scent is refreshing and has a certain strength.
Japanese Bigleaf Magnolia
The different of heartwood and sapwood, dark green (heartwood) and calm white (sapwood) portray softness. The surface of this wood is soft. Its scent is calm just like its color.
The layers of different colors (dark green, yellow, pink, and white) by each annual ring create the vivid cherry pink color. The surface of this wood is mild. Its scent has been used to evoke spring in people’s diet for hundreds of years (e.g. the blossoms are used for flavoring, while the wooden chips are used for smoking).
Gorgeous grain stands out on golden color is cherished and given names as “Gem”, “Grape”, “Peony”, “Bubble” or “Arrow Bamboo” to best describe its character. The surface of this wood is hard and cool. Its scent is rich and sweet like an incense.
The weave of grain and vivid bright color gives comfort to one’s eyes. The surface of this wood is smooth and shiny. Its scent is refreshing.
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