3 Wheels. Made of Wood. From Japan. We Can't Make This Stuff Up…

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Your eyes do not deceive you. Both beautiful, dangerous, and incomprehensibly Japanese, this wooden trike is road-legal in the land of the rising sun. Click through for more photos and a video.

This is what happens when an admittedly very skilled Japanese furniture maker has too much time on his or her hands. You end up with an 80 km/h capable, street-legal wooden work of art. Seems to be based on some sort of two-wheeled contraption, but we’re guessing the all-wood body isn’t doing the power-to-weight ratio any favors. Just for the love of pete drive safely – the mortician is going to have a field day pulling 6″ splinters out of your forehead otherwise.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq6q9cbXM0A[/youtube]
designboom (Thanks to Alexi for the tip!)

14 Comments

  1. This is quite practical. Women like the sight of hard wood. If done properly, you only need to wax it once ever few years. Plus, it's easier to fumigate termites than to cut and patch rusted out sheetmetal.

  2. I'm turning Japanese I think I'm turning Japanese I really think so.
    I watched about seven minutes of that video and that's all I have running through my brain right now.
    Don't ever do this to me again.

  3. I have to admit, that thing is indicative of the way Japan is now. Amazing concepts but the follow through leaves much to be desired. There was a lot of work put into that machine and I take nothing away from that but it looks frumpy and lumpy and kind of boring compared to the pictures shown at the start of the video there. I give it an A for effort but a C+ on the final result.

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