Create a timeless shape.

Making the finest hangers in the world.

Introducing the sophisticated thoughts and skills cultivated over the past 70 years.

Woodworking

ナカタハンガー(中田工芸)職人

Commitment as a craftsman

What is important when making hangers is to respond firmly to the requests and feelings of our customers. The experienced craftsmen in each process will never compromise. By fully using our abilities in the processes, the hangers gradually come to life, and the customer's ideal hanger is created. You can feel our craftsmen's passions by touching our hangers.

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Using beech wood

The warmth and texture you feel when you hold a wooden product in your hands is something that no other material can offer. Whenever you touch it, you always feel warm. Every time you use it, it makes you feel nostalgic. Wooden hangers make you feel that kind of comfort in your daily life.
The beech used as the material is hard, durable, and easy to process. It has a good texture and a moderate weight, and you can feel a sense of luxury when you hold it in your hand. In addition, the unique grain of the wood has a regularity with moderate fluctuations, and it shows the original beautiful expression of beech even without painting, so you can enjoy it in various ways.
Furthermore, the beechwood we use is systematically cut from forests where logging and planting schedules are well managed. The use of wooden hangers is linked to the revitalization of the forest. It is friendly to people, clothes, and the environment. That is one of the charms of beech as a wood.

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Cutting

To process the material using the band saw, we draw a draft line on the wood with a pencil. After that, we cut the material along the line. For example, when making the AUT-05 model, which represents NAKATA HANGER, one piece of wood is cut into two pieces so that they are evenly sized. This is to use valuable materials as effectively as possible without wasting them. The S-shaped line on the surface of the wood is a symbolic line in hanger production.
In this process, we’re working carefully to avoid knots and splits in the wood part of the hanger. In order to prevent knots, we think in three dimensions in our minds in which direction the material should be used to cut out the knots well. This may look like an easy task that anyone can do, but it takes a long time and it requires experience to see what angle the knots enter and where they exit by just looking at the surface of the wood.

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Shaving

In this process, we bring the shape closer to the finished product. By pressing the wood against a rotating blade, we carve out the curves unique to wooden hangers with a three-dimensional feel. There are many different types of clothes. The goal of this process is to create a hanger shape that fits perfectly with each piece of clothing.
We adjust the amount of force, the angle of sharpening, and sometimes even the blade we use, according to the characteristics of each piece of wood. The reason why we can tell if an adjustment is necessary is that we can feel the unique characteristics of each piece of wood from our hands as we work. Some are too hard, while others are too soft. Some may have visible knots, and in some cases, they may crack in the middle. It is necessary to carve out the wood by an appropriate method while distinguishing the characteristics of the wood. This is a skill that can only be done by hand.

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What a craftsman needs

A strong will without any compromise is required for craftsmen. I place great importance on "taking pride in my work". This is because I believe that customers will not be satisfied with our products unless they are made with confidence. Faith as a craftsman, studying skills, and commitment to each and every hanger we make. All of these lead to "having pride in our work". A hanger is something to hang your clothes on. The common goal of all of our craftsmen is to create a work of art that can be convinced by anyone in the world, can be recommended with confidence, and can make customers happy. Without pride in our work, it would be difficult to achieve this goal. I believe that a strong will to continue working earnestly without compromise is essential for a craftsman.

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Wooden pattern matching

In this process, we match the left and right wooden patterns. To make it look like the left and right sides are naturally aligned among the many wood parts, instant judgment and observation are required. Since we use natural materials, no two wood patterns are the same. Just as people have their own personalities, hangers also have their own personalities in the form of wood patterns. By aligning the grain of the wood, we can make the most of the individuality of the wood and create an elegant finish. Even though the shape is the same, it will produce a wooden pattern hanger that exists only one in the world.
We are particular about the fact that the glued surface only looks like a single line from any angle, and it requires advanced technology. The beauty of the finished product is exceptional.
This process is indispensable for NAKATA HANGER, which is not only practical but also beautiful.

Three-dimensional curves

One of the most important parts of a hanger is the shoulder tip. Suitable clothes vary depending on the thickness and shape of the shoulders, and it is directly linked to the stress of hanging and unhanging clothes. In this process, the shoulder part of the hanger is shaved with a special rounded blade to create a smooth curve. The craftsman adjusts the roundness, surface size, angle, etc. desired by the customer in millimeters to create a shape that suits the clothes. Various sizes of blades are used for this purpose. The smooth texture of the wood surface and shoulder tips, when touched by hand, is both a feature and a particularity of the NAKATA HANGER.
The curve of the shoulder tip is an important point as a hanger for keeping precious clothes. By finishing this part well, the presence of the hanger will be boosted at once.

Polishing

In this process, the entire hanger is polished from various angles, including the back and bottom. The process of grinding hangers by pressing them against the sandpaper rotating at high speed requires moderate force and advanced skill. Since this is the final process to finish the shape of the hanger, it is important to carefully check each hanger while imagining the finished product. It is extremely difficult to achieve a symmetrical shape and polish it without losing balance. It may take up to 10 years to master this process because all I can rely on is the feeling of my eyes and hands.
The hanger, which has been polished many times, has a very smooth texture and a graceful shape with curves, giving it a sense of luxury even without coating.
The hangers are made by all the craftsmen in turn. The finished product from our process is handed over to the next craftsmen in the painting process, so I'm working hard with the feeling that I'll do my best to finish the good product.

A message for our customers

There are many hangers in the world, and the encounter between you and NAKATA HANGER may be a coincidence. The hangers we make have the power to turn that coincidence into an unforgettable memory. We make hangers that fit each customer's needs so that customers can use them for a long time and feel "glad to have this hanger". I would like to continue to make such "only one" hangers with all my heart.