A Little Monday Morning Dose of Crafting Zen

If your week’s off to a slow start and your need a little inspiration (or, for that matter, if it started with a bang and you’re ready to slow down already), check out this simple video of Japanese master craftsman Yasuo Okazaki.   

The artist turns and paints Kokeshi dolls on a lathe, working the wood quickly and precisely, then trusting his brush strokes to create the stylized details.

The confidence and movement here is stunning. Makes me want to just call off the whole week and do nothing but make holiday gifts for family and friends.