敲敲木工房的歷史

Hai Shan Handicrafts Society was founded in 1974 in Puli Town by the three brothers from the agricultural family, Shih Kun-hai and Shih Kun-shan. In the early days of their business, the two brothers, Shih Kun-hai and Shih Kun-shan, learned woodworking at other woodworking factories in Puli. In 1969, Shih Kun-hai erected a tin shed on the right side of his family’s courtyard and established Hai Shan Handicrafts Society. When Mr. Shih Kun-shan returned from military service, he joined his brothers, Shih Kun-hai and Shih Kun-ching, in producing walnut pliers. Thus began the production of handmade wooden crafts for export from Puli.

In its early stages, the factory primarily engaged in contract manufacturing, focusing on producing wooden screws for wine racks and beaded door curtains, followed by simple spray painting. Upon learning about the excellent quality of the wooden products manufactured, trade intermediary, facilitated an order for German Nutcrackers. Subsequently, the factory commenced mass production of various sizes and styles of walnut pliers.

敲敲木車枳娃娃
聖誕金字塔

The goods produced by the factory, such as the German Christmas pyramid, feature a more delicate craftsmanship with a greater number of miniature figurines on each tier. The Christmas pyramid incorporates themes of angels and the birth of Jesus, using a large quantity of wood from the mountainous area of Puli. Due to the need for extensive manual labor in the gluing process, the factory also outsources production to nearby Puli housewives. Additionally, the factory has introduced a “Painting Department” to add painted details to the products. With nearly a hundred different varieties, it became the highest-producing product of its time, marking a significant transition from traditional outsourcing to finished product export.

In early 1988, with the emergence of the new material POLY resin, the factory adjusted one production line to produce resin products. From POLY raw materials, molding, grinding, coloring, to packaging, all preparations were smoothly completed in less than half a year, and products ranging from POLY items to water balls were successfully manufactured. Due to the need for a large number of female workers for painting on POLY products, the factory employed 300-400 external female painters, while internally, the production line employed up to 100 workers. Mr. Shi Kunshan also conducted research on vacuum technology for water balls, achieving a state where there were no air bubbles settling inside the water balls, making them the pinnacle of Puli water balls.

敲敲木雪球
敲敲木工廠

In 1996, Mr. Shi Kun shan went to the mainland to establish Haishan Poli Woodencraft Factory, specializing in small wooden products and medium-sized furniture. It is best known for its box products such as jewelry boxes, music boxes, cigar boxes, and tea boxes. During the 18 years in the mainland, it obtained ISO 9001:2000 certification, with a factory workforce of over 1000 people, offering more than 33 categories and over 6000 styles of products. Its clients span the globe, including Sankyo, GIORGIO ARMANI, Estee Lauder, Tommy Hilfiger, Mr. Christmas, QVC, HSN, Ballard Designs, Improvement, J.C. Penney, among others.

In August 2012, Shi Wen Chieh, the second generation of Haishan Handicraft, founded KOKOMU. From the perspective of cultural and creative design, he transformed OEM into ODM and OBM, creating unique and locally-made products. This not only continues his father’s dream but also preserves the collective memory of the people of Puli. With the birth of KOKOMU, it is hoped that people all over Taiwan and the world will come to know that these exquisite nutcrackers and music boxes were once produced right here in Puli, by over 400 woodworking factories and tens of thousands of master craftsmen and painters, creating a legendary legacy that belongs to the entire community of Puli.

敲敲木文創商品

KOKOMU Video

Latest From Blog