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David Jackson specializes in the restoration and conservation of antique Japanese chests and cabinetry known as Tansu. He has completed conservation work on Martin Puryear’s sculpture.

He has also worked on African furniture and sculpture. His experience includes sculpture restoration, custom woodwork and carving, and custom lighting.

Tansu is Japan’s cabinetry tradition. They are the wooden boxes and chests that largely originated in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868). From trunks with wheels to shipboard safes, from kitchen cupboards to chests for clothing, Tansu were the receptacles of an age of economic expansion.

Interested in learning more about Japanese cabinetry?

David Jackson is available to lecture on Tansu: The Legacy of Japan’s Historical Cabinetry¬†and the History and Mystery of the Japanese Step-chest. Costs start at $250 per lecture plus travel expenses. Please contact David at (828) 768-2356 for more information. Or e-mail


David Jackson

David Jackson has been conserving and collecting tansu since 1990. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland and completed graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982, where he studied sculpture and woodworking. Mr. Jackson developed a…  

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Tansu: Origin

Tansu are the wooden boxes and chests that originated in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868). The woodworking traditions of Japan date back as far as the Shinto shrines at Ise from the 5th century A.D. to the portrait sculpture of the Kamakure period (1185-1333). While there…  

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