These little wooden blocks showcase the appeal of different types of wood. The ridges allow them to be balanced on edge.
This item is part of the Hitotoki (Good Woods) product line from Alte Meister, a maker of Buddhist altars and related goods. While a wide variety of beautiful wood is used to make Buddhist altars, the manufacturing process inevitably generates offcuts. Previously, offcuts were burned in furnaces that helped to dry timber. The Hitotoki line was created to make better use of offcuts.
Each item in the Hitotoki collection draws attention to the sensual appeal of different kinds of wood. Each stacker is marked with Japanese characters naming the wood used to make it.