Japanese Craftsmanship: Making Lexus LS Wood Sheering Wheel

Many people say that Japanese cars are built by robots without any sort of passion and soul. That if you want something built with price, you can only go to the Italians. And that the Germans do luxury much better. But it seems they are all wrong, as there’s no lack of attention to detail when you’re talking about the wood trim on the steering wheel of a brand new Lexus LS.
Optional woods for this car include Walnut, Shimamoku Espresso, Matte Brown Bird's Eye Maple. The Lexus LS 600h L also offers an eco- friendly Bamboo wood trim, which we find very cool.

Here’s an excellent video showing how skilled Japanese craftsman get through the various fabrication stages with this small piece of trim.

To create the Japanese Shimamoku wood, they have to alternate layers of dark & light wood veneers in a process that takes 38 days in total and requires 67 stages of fabrication. The same wood trim you see here is also applied to a strip on the dash and on the center console.
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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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