Hacoa, a Japanese brand that sells $435 wooden keyboards, will soon be releasing a DIY kit that will save you a little money. The new "Ki-Board DIY Kit" is $300, but includes a partially-routered board, all the parts you'll need to create the board, and even tools. If only it were wireless!
Yamaguchi Kougei, the wood products and lacquerware dealer based in Fukui prefecture that created the Hacoa brand, typically crafts each keyboard by hand in a labor-intensive process that allows them to complete one keyboard per day. The slow production process makes it difficult for the company to fill large orders and prompts them to charge around 50,000 yen ($435) per keyboard. However, Hacoa's new "Ki-Board DIY Kit" (ki, which sounds like "key," means "tree" or "wood" in Japanese) aims to lighten the company's labor load -- and boost production and lower prices -- by letting the purchaser do some of the cutting and assembling at home.
DIY wooden keyboard kit [Pink Tentacle]