the DRAAJ collection consists of handcrafted objects designed by the Utrecht artist, wood turner and musician Karim Eharruyen. With loving devotion he works on these objects in his atelier Houtzaagmolen De Ster, which happens to be an ancient saw mill. Karim does not consider himself as a creator, but rather a discoverer of existing forms and structures. He does not want to impose a specific meaning, but just passes on what the earth already offers. He invites you to play freely with the objects, feel the shapes, arrange them as you please. Give your own DRAAJ (twist) to them. Wood lives. Each piece has it’s own history, a story that is reflected in the growth rings, the grain and the knots. Like a human being, every wooden object therefore is unique. Karim nurtures these stories with compassion and let them flourish in his objects. He works exclusively with sustainable timber. With wood species that have grown up not too far away. If possible, he offers found wood a second life. Because recycling materials often have rich stories to tell. And recycling reduces the impact of the production process on nature. DRAAJ objects can be obtained, among other materials, in oak, maple, pear and walnut.
How Its Made
All of my products are made in the wood workshop with a woodturning lathe. What makes the object special are the two balancing rounded shapes that combine into a bird. The head is placed unattached on the body and can express any mood, such as a look of wonder or modesty