Maruoka Kogyo is Japan’s proudest maker of high-quality wooden canvas frames. By passing the old-age Japanese tradition of wood processing to the current generation and using the finest materials, the company has been making wooden canvas frames for years and its products are widely used by various famous painters and art museums in Japan. The combination of carefully-selected quality materials, skilled craftsmanship and the high precision of their manufacturing machines gave birth to a wooden canvas frame that can hold paintings even a century has passed.
Extreme quality products sought by Japanese craftsmanship
In a proud statement made by Mr. Hiroto Yukawa, the company president, he said, Our wooden canvas frame production system is fast and very efficient that we almost think that our products possess an excessive quality for an ordinary wooden frame used for paintings. This technique is achieved by Japan’s advanced technology and no one in other countries could make such high quality wooden frames.” He added, “Judging from the measurement, precision and durability of some of the products made by other countries, it appears they have a problem in some degree.
I think it is attributable to the difference of sense of craftsmanship between Japan and other countries. It may be true that paintings, by themselves, hold their own intrinsic qualities and wooden frames, who act as their support, might not affect them in any way. However, we want our wooden frames to still hold paintings even 100 or 200 years have passed and we keep in mind that wooden frames should not affect paintings. Those are the reasons why we make them. When it comes to wooden frames made from high quality materials, assembled together with ingenuity and are created with high precision, Maruoka’s products are the simply the best and they beat out other products from competitors.”
Echoing Japan’s creative spirit to a white canvas
The Japanese arts market has reached its peak owing to the country’s gradual population decline. However, Mr. Yukawa is drawing up preparations for bringing Maruoka’s wooden frames to other countries. He said, “I am confident that our wooden canvas frames will be surely a hit in the West and not just only in Japan. First of all, please try to draw something on a blank canvas stretched by our wooden frame. Once you do it, you will never use ordinary canvases again. We want you to experience how it feels like to have your painting still properly held by our wooden canvas frame even a century has passed.” The echoes of Japan’s creative spirit brought forth by Maruoka would surely reach artists of various nationalities who draw their dreams on a piece of white canvas.
Maruoka Kogyo Inc.
Business Description: manufactures wooden canvas frames
for paintings and wooden panels for paintings and photos.
Headquarters Address: 232-7 Yabuhara, Kisomura, Kiso-District, Nagano Japan
President: Yasuyuki Yukawa
Number of Employees: 21