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Let's get wild
Can't decide what you want? Let us take over the design process, to create something truly awesome for your collection. Just set your budget and let us get to work crafting something unique and beautiful for you! You're guaranteed to get something that includes customization that would normally cost more than the price of this product, and there is also a chance we'll use wood species that are not otherwise listed in our custom shop options.
If you choose this option, it is the only option you need to add to your cart (there is no need to add a base kendama, like with the other custom shop options). If you have any rough requests for the design or weight range of the ken, please include them in an order note. You can choose any of the Terra shapes (handturned by Alex).
Domestic This option will primarily use domestic species in the design, and will feature complex laminations and/or highlights of common exotic species.
Exotic This option will primarily use common exotic species in the design, and will feature complex laminations and/or highlights of rare exotic or super-rare species.
Super-Rare This option will primarily use super-rare wood species, and will feature very complex laminations using high-end materials.
Domestic: Birchis a mid density and lightly coloured species that is renowned for its solid feel and durability. If you're looking for playability, birch is recommended as a top choice. Maple is one of our favourite species for kendama-making. Mid density, lightly coloured, durable, and amazingly playable, maple wood is a go-to for many top players. White Ash is another longtime favourite of many players. It has a mid-low density, prominent grain, crisp feel when playing, and a very satisfying sound. Hickory is a hard and grainy species, with a mid-high density that has a very crisp, solid feel while playing. Colour ranges from light to dark brown. Black Walnut is a dark and beautiful wood species with a mid-low density, that has a light and clicky feel while playing.
Common Exotic: Purpleheart is a long-time Terra classic. It is a mid-high density wood that has good durability, a nice solid feel while playing, and its purple in colour! Zebrano is a mid density species with a highly contrasting pin-striped woodgrain that is light/dark brown in colour. Has a soft yet solid feel when playing. Jatoba is a very high density wood species that is a deep reddish-brown in colour. It is hard, durable, and solid feeling when playing. Padauk is a mid-density species that is bright orange/red in colour when freshly cut. It has a crisp/glassy feel when playing.
Rare Exotic: TerraPly is a high quality laminate material, made from thin alternating layers of contrasting wood species. It is mid-high density, with a very sturdy feeling while playing. Indian Rosewood is a rare and beautiful species, with a mid-low density and a very nice glassy feel when playing. Purple-brown in colour, finishes to a glass-like polish. Khamphi Rosewood is a rare and luxurious species with a very high density, and a solid yet crispy feel when playing. Orange-red in colour, with a beautiful woodgrain that finishes to a glass-like polish.
Super Rare: Mun Ebony is a very rare species with a very high density, and a very solid feel when playing. Quite hard and durable, with dark black woodgrain that is sometimes interrupted with streaks of light blond colour. Black & White Ebony is a very rare and beautiful species with highly contrasted woodgrain, it is a favourite of many players for its looks. It is hard and durable, with a high density and a solid feel while playing.
Note: KEN ONLY, tama not included. Product photos on this page are for examples of past work only; each ken ordered here will be unique. Each ken is made by hand to order; please allow ~10-15 business days for production and shipping of a custom order. Want something specific that isn't listed on this page? A different wood species, or a modified design? Send us an email and we'll do our best to make it happen for you!