The Anatomy of Fake Wood

To discover more about the inner construction of things, one usually has to open them up, dissect them. Whether it be an electronic appliance, a living creature or in my case – fake wood, the process is the same.

Fascinated by the abundance of concrete wood one sees in Japan, I had been wondering how it might be made, and fortunately stumbled upon a very old subject recently. Broken and crumbling, all was revealed:

Underneath the concrete is the plain bog-standard metal post, over which the concrete is wrapped, textured and painted.

The secret having been revealed, I realise that all those great things pictured in this previous post, Low Maintenance Nature were made the same way. It now enhances my appreciation as I gaze at the myriad concrete-wood constructions around me.

Things in nature:

And things not:


This one’s 3D. viewing instructions.


non-metal-core fake wood

Of course some fake wood uses different construction methods. These benches are made from simple concrete slabs:

And the fake wood on this building is moulded plastic, not concrete:

Read previous Gasms about fake wood:

Low-Maintenance Nature

Wooden Concrete, Or Vice Versa?

~ by JapanGasm on 23 October, 2011.

5 Responses to “The Anatomy of Fake Wood”

  1. I had no idea the fake wood was so highly revered in Japan. Or that there was a place that concrete wood was common

    • As you say, it’s surprising how common it is here.

      Concrete’s popularity is more likely for practical reasons than aesthetics or anything else. Concrete lasts longer and therefore requires less maintenance than real wood.

      The fact that it’s decorated as wood afterwards rather than left as basic concrete is evidence of Japan’s love of nature and concern with appearances.

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  3. I actually lived in Japan for a short while a few good years ago but never knew about this. Very insightful and interesting- thanks for sharing!

    • Glad I could show you something new🙂

      Perhaps the reason you never knew about it is simply that it’s so easy to mistake for real wood until you look closer. But I guarantee if you visit here again you’ll notice it everywhere!

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