For the first time in over a decade we have imported a collection of stone lanterns directly from Japan. We chose two master craftsmen from different regions of Japan to showcase the best quality stone and artisan talent. These craftsmen, the stone, and their lanterns are designated as traditional crafts by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The lanterns are individually hand carved with precision, a skill that takes a lifetime of dedication to master. The Edo collection is a celebration of each individual craftsman’s skill.
The lanterns in the Edo Collection are carved from either Sandstone or Lava Stone. The Sandstone has a really tight grain and is exceptionally uniform in colour. It will weather down to a lighter sand colour within 6 months. The Lava stone has a larger grain and more colour variation. As both of these stones are porous they will allow mosses and lichens to grow on the surface.